The Forever War and the Laws of War

Photo by israel palacio Dr. Nathan Derejko, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex The looming threat of a ‘forever war’, characterised by the so-called ‘Global Battlefield’ and the perpetual applicability of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), has thrust the question of when and how Non-international Armed Conflicts (NIAC) end to the forefront of international concern and … Continue reading The Forever War and the Laws of War

Knowing all of the law, all of the time – responding to COVID-19

Photo by Phil Botha Geoff Gilbert, Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex  As Paul White has written on these pages, success in our COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings should not be measured in the ‘number of webinars, seminars, guidance and strategies’. Part of achieving success, though, is ensuring that humanitarian actors in the … Continue reading Knowing all of the law, all of the time – responding to COVID-19

International Organizations Accountability Symposium: Reparations for Mass Torts Involving the United Nations–Misguided Exceptionalism in Peacekeeping Operations

Dr. Carla Ferstman, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Where do individuals who suffer harm as a result of the negligence or malfeasance of the UN go to seek redress? Sadly, there is nowhere for them to go. Maybe I shock easily, or maybe I hold the UN up on a pedestal and expect … Continue reading International Organizations Accountability Symposium: Reparations for Mass Torts Involving the United Nations–Misguided Exceptionalism in Peacekeeping Operations

New Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Noam Lubell, Professor of International Law at the University of Essex and Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at the Geneva Academy, has co-authored new Guidelines for States on how to investigate allegations in armed conflict. The Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL: Law, Policy, and Good Practice are the outcome of a five-year … Continue reading New Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law