Why Civil Claims are a Necessary Part of the Arsenal to Address Military Excesses

Photo by Diego González Carla Ferstman and Noora Arajärvi, University of Essex, published a report which assesses the UK Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, which makes provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands. The … Continue reading Why Civil Claims are a Necessary Part of the Arsenal to Address Military Excesses

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict through the Lens of International Law

Azerbaijanis flee Nagorno-Karabakh during the 1991-94 war | Source: Wikimedia Commons A new article by Sabina Garahan, doctoral candidate at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, on Opinio Juris analyses False Equivalences in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict – International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Perspectives.   The announcement of a peace deal in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict … Continue reading The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict through the Lens of International Law

The Scope of Military Jurisdiction for Violations of International Humanitarian Law

The Drumhead Court Martial John Pettie (1839–1893) | Photo credit: Museums Sheffield Claire Simmons, PhD Candidate in Law at the University of Essex, published a new article in the Israel Law Review, titled ‘The Scope of Military Jurisdiction for Violations of International Humanitarian Law’. With the adequacy of military jurisdiction over violations of international law … Continue reading The Scope of Military Jurisdiction for Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Corporate Investors’ Nationality and Reforming Investment Treaties: Can Older Generation Treaties Undermine Substantive Reforms?

Photo by Christine Roy Dr. Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex In my recently published book The Nationality of Corporate Investors under International Investment Law(Hart Publishing 2020), I dissect the relationship between international investment law, corporate … Continue reading Corporate Investors’ Nationality and Reforming Investment Treaties: Can Older Generation Treaties Undermine Substantive Reforms?

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