Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

Image via Shutterstock Cristina Blanco, PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Essex, was awarded the PhD Fieldwork Grant 2021-22 by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Cristina’s research focuses on the interactions between Amazonian onto-epistemologies, international law (IL) and human rights in the context of an investment project. In the Amazonian rivers, water … Continue reading Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

New Legal Protections for the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict

Image via Shutterstock By Professor Karen Hulme (School of Law, University of Essex) and Elizabeth B. Hessami (Johns Hopkins University) Nature and conservation are inevitably harmed during armed conflict. The laws of armed conflict do provide some measure of legal protection for nature, but these rules are limited and vague. The recent adoption by the … Continue reading New Legal Protections for the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict

Investigating Allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Settings

Photo by Claudia Soraya on Unsplash Professor Carla Ferstman is a member of the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster. She recently wrote a research paper for JRR on the investigation of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations involving children. Along with Fabian Ilg, who is a Justice Rapid Response Roster Expert, Prof. … Continue reading Investigating Allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Settings

Investigations in Armed Conflict

Image by Shutterstock Investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in armed conflict are crucial to the implementation of these bodies of law. There are, however, numerous legal and practical challenges that arise when considering a State’s obligations under international law with regard to such investigations. These include establishing … Continue reading Investigations in Armed Conflict

Affordable, Clean Energy and Climate Action in Sub-Saharan Africa

Image via Shutterstock How can energy policy measures for realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and 13 (Climate Changes and Its Impact) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) be framed toward achieving energy justice? This position is quite challenging for developing countries that seek to resolve the rising inequality of access … Continue reading Affordable, Clean Energy and Climate Action in Sub-Saharan Africa

Essex Law School academic joins the UN’s Harmony with Nature expert network

Photo by Noah Buscher Dr. Emily Jones, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, became a member of the United Nations Expert Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature. Dr. Jones offers below her input on the theme of Earth Jurisprudence. Earth Jurisprudence is a philosophy of law and … Continue reading Essex Law School academic joins the UN’s Harmony with Nature expert network

Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences

Image by Patrick McDonald In the 1990s, Bruce Ackerman defined ‘constitutional moments’ as historic milestones of intense deliberation and change in a country’s politics, change that reflects in the country’s constitutional settlement. Since October 2019, Chile is going through its own constitutional moment, a moment that began with popular resistance against rising public transport fees … Continue reading Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences

Research Seminar: Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Photo by Evangeline Shaw Dr. Emily Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, will lead a seminar on the theme of 'Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature'. The rights of nature are beginning to be recognised in many countries but have yet to be recognised in international law. Seeking to challenge and re-think … Continue reading Research Seminar: Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

Photo of Richard Ratcliffe at the candlelit vigil outside the Foreign Office on Friday 05 Nov. 2021, eleven days into his hunger strike, via Flickr. Professor Carla Ferstman is a lawyer and an activist. Before joining the School of Law in 2018, she directed REDRESS, an organization dedicated to helping torture survivors in all parts of the … Continue reading Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, via Flickr By Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis, University of Essex Introduction Russia is no longer a member state of the Council of Europe. On 16 March, the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the Council of Europe decided, “in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council … Continue reading ‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute