Van Ho Quoted in The Nation on Business and Human Rights Claims against Unilever

Tea planation, Kenya | Source: Wikimedia Commons In the cover article of The Nation’s 8-15 February issue, Dr. Tara Van Ho, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, asserts that businesses operating in Kenya should have predicted that the 2007 national election would result in violence and taken appropriate measures to protect ethnic minority workers. In ‘Blood … Continue reading Van Ho Quoted in The Nation on Business and Human Rights Claims against Unilever

International Law and Regional Norm Smuggling

Photo by Janko Ferlič Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, had a new article published in The American Journal of Comparative Law titled 'International Law and Regional Norm Smuggling: How the EU and ASEAN Redefined the Global Regime on Human Trafficking'. The article examines how the regional organizations in Europe … Continue reading International Law and Regional Norm Smuggling

When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard

Photo by Charles Forerunner Dr. Tara Van Ho (University of Essex, School of Law), Professor Jena Martin (West Virginia University, College of Law) and Professor Karen Bravo (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that Are Dying to be Heard, edited by Jena Martin (West Virginia U), Karen Bravo (Indiana U) and Essex Law … Continue reading When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard

Van Ho Quoted in Vogue Business on Forced Labour in Xinjiang, China

Photo by Diego PH Recent reports that the government of China has been forcing members of the Muslim minority Uyghur community to labour in the supply chains of western companies have raised a series of questions for other governments and individual businesses about how to respond to such an egregious violation of international human rights … Continue reading Van Ho Quoted in Vogue Business on Forced Labour in Xinjiang, China

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

What is Exploitation in the Context of ‘Modern Slavery’? A Legal Proposal

Exploitation in the context of ‘modern slavery’ is defined by three conditions: abuse of vulnerability, excessive gain, and sustained action. Workers unload bricks from a boat in Bangladesh. Suvra Kanti Das/ Zuma Press/ PA Images Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Exploitation has been given a prominent place in the definition of … Continue reading What is Exploitation in the Context of ‘Modern Slavery’? A Legal Proposal

Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Photo by Grant Ritchie On 11 November 2020, Dr. Emily Jones, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, spoke in the Ghandi Research Seminar Series at the University of Reading Global Law at Reading (GLAR) group. The topic of Dr Jones' talk was 'Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature.'  The paper began by outlining … Continue reading Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Photo by Joshua Sortino Dr. Antonio Coco, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has co-drafted The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means, which has been signed by 139 international lawyers so far. The Statement is the third in a series — informally known as the "Oxford … Continue reading The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

TabareyBarey Camp in Niger By Geoff Gilbert, Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex, Chair of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network The United Nations Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) of 2018 is a document that tries to embrace all aspects of forcible displacement across international borders in the 21st century. This review of the new EU … Continue reading The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

Image by Pixabay GCRF@Essex interview questions: Prof. Sabine Michalowski and Prof. Clara Sandoval-Villalba Partners/organisations: Dejusticia, a Colombian Think-Do-Tank What is your research about? Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) signed a comprehensive peace agreement in 2016 which devises a transitional justice system to respond to … Continue reading Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process