Spain and its Achilles’ Heels: the Strong Foundations of a Country’s Weaknesses

This blog post is an excerpt from Dr. Koldo Casla’s new book, which is published by Rowman & Littlefield. On 1 October 2017, roughly two million people took part in a referendum organised by the Catalan government, a referendum that had been declared illegal by the judiciary. The regional government had promised that, if the … Continue reading Spain and its Achilles’ Heels: the Strong Foundations of a Country’s Weaknesses

ESRC New Investigator Grant Award For ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez Dr. Jaime Lindsey, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has recently been awarded the prestigious ESRC New Investigator grant for her research project ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’. She has been awarded £299,791 over 30 months to use socio-legal methods to research the … Continue reading ESRC New Investigator Grant Award For ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’

Redesigning Slavery Through Law: A Play in Four Acts

Photo by Hermes Rivera Dr. Marija Jovanovic’s work was selected for presentation at the 2021 Midyear Meeting of the American Society of International Law. The meeting, which will be held on 11-12 November 2021, encompasses several events, including the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors and is open … Continue reading Redesigning Slavery Through Law: A Play in Four Acts

Basque Separatist Group ETA Lowered Its Weapons 10 Years Ago. Has Reconciliation Truly Happened?

For too long, Basque society remained petrified and silent Screenshot of YouTube/BBC video depicting footage of ETA members putting ‘arms beyond use’ in October 2011. Ten years ago, on October 20, 2011, the Basque armed group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, “Basque Country and Freedom”) finally declared “a definitive cessation of its armed activity.” This was what Basque and Spanish societies had … Continue reading Basque Separatist Group ETA Lowered Its Weapons 10 Years Ago. Has Reconciliation Truly Happened?

The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law

Photo by Sergio Torres Dr. Eliana Cusato, who is currently appointed as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, authored a new book titled The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law. Her book was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2021. The … Continue reading The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law

Chile’s Constitutional Moment is an Opportunity to Enhance Social Rights

To do justice to such an ambitious goal, the Chilean process should not leave anyone behind. This is a historic occasion to make the case for social rights. A Chilean man casts his vote at the National Stadium in Santiago (Chile) in October 2020. The more than 2,700 voting centers enabled in Chile for the … Continue reading Chile’s Constitutional Moment is an Opportunity to Enhance Social Rights

The War on Compensation: Troubling Signs for Civilian Casualties in the Gaza Strip

Photo by Timon Studler Dr. Haim Abraham, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Follow Dr. Abraham on Twitter here The last round of belligerency between Hamas and Israel claimed a significant toll from civilians, with many arguing that some of the more devastating activities conducted by the IDF were in breach of the laws of … Continue reading The War on Compensation: Troubling Signs for Civilian Casualties in the Gaza Strip

Police and Crime Commissioners: A Dislocated Expectation

Image courtesy: Postdlf In the run-up to May's elections, new research has found stark differences in the calibre of Police and Crime Commissioners, with some "ill equipped", leaving police accountability "hinging on luck". New research, based on exclusive interviews with high-ranking figures from across UK policing, suggests a postcode lottery in police accountability. The calibre … Continue reading Police and Crime Commissioners: A Dislocated Expectation

Impact on Victims’ Law Policy Paper

Photo by Edward Howell In a report published in November 2020 (Constitutional Powers of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales), co-written by the Essex Law School’s Professor Maurice Sunkin together with Professor Pam Cox and Dr Ruth Lamont, these experts argued that the role of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales – set up in 2004 to promote … Continue reading Impact on Victims’ Law Policy Paper