International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Image by skeeze Dr Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has published a paper titled ‘International law, the paradox of plenty and the making of resource-driven conflict’. This article intervenes in legal debates on the relationship between natural resource extraction and armed conflict. Since the 1990s there has been a proliferation of international/global … Continue reading International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

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

Using Human Rights Law to Inform States’ Decisions to Deploy AI

Photo by fabio Dr. Daragh Murray, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has a new publication in the American Journal of International Law (AJIL) Unbound (Vol. 14, pp. 158-162) as part of a special edition asking 'How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect International Law?'. The article, titled 'Using Human Rights Law to Inform States' Decisions to Deploy … Continue reading Using Human Rights Law to Inform States’ Decisions to Deploy AI

Judging Inter-American Human Rights

Photo by Artem Beliaikin Dr Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, Lecturer in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex, published a new paper titled 'Inter-American Human Rights: The Riddle of Compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights'. The article argues that the use of compliance studies to evaluate the effectiveness of international human rights courts … Continue reading Judging Inter-American Human Rights

Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Image by Gordon Johnson Dr. Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex There has been much discussion about the importance of frames on our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the existing legal, political and economic order. A number of interventions have already called attention to the possibilities and perils that come … Continue reading Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Achieving Justice for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations in Sudan

Dr. Thoko Kaime, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex and Lena Scheibinger Omar al-Bashir Significant step in the al-Bashir indictment In February 2020, the Sudanese government indicated its intention to hand over Omar al-Bashir, the country’s former strongman to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of war crimes and crimes … Continue reading Achieving Justice for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations in Sudan

Thinking through Anthropocentrism in International Law: Queer Theory, Posthuman Feminism and the Postcolonial

Whanganui River view from 2,500 ft In a conversation between Dr Emily Jones, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, and Prof Dianne Otto from the University of Melbourne, published by the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace + Security, they briefly outline the long-standing feminist critiques of liberal humanism in international law, as a … Continue reading Thinking through Anthropocentrism in International Law: Queer Theory, Posthuman Feminism and the Postcolonial

The Responsibility of Corporations under International Law: Essex Academic Presents at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights

Dr. Tara Van Ho, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, spoke on the responsibility of corporations under international law at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati School of Law in the US. Dr. Van Ho, a co-President of the Global Business and … Continue reading The Responsibility of Corporations under International Law: Essex Academic Presents at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights