News Roundup 16 May – 22 May

Second Rwandan genocide fugitive confirmed dead Rwanda president suggests UK extradite genocide suspects after asylum deal Haiti: Bachelet deeply disturbed by human rights impact of deteriorating security situation in Port-au-Prince Haiti: Armed violence reaches ‘unimaginable and intolerable levels’ French court upholds charge against Lafarge over Syria operation For desperate Afghans, risky crossings into Iran are …

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State Responsibility and Rebels – an interview with Kathryn Greenman

In this interview, Katharine Fortin talks to Kathryn Greenman about her new book ‘State Responsibility for Rebels: The History and Legacy of Protecting Investment Against Revolution’ (2021, CUP). The interview will be of interest to scholars working on State responsibility (particularly 9 and 10 of the ARSIWA), investment law, (critical) history of international law and …

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News Roundup 2 May – 8 May

‘We are lucky today’: West Darfur braces for more outbreaks of fighting ‘We accept to save our lives’: How local dialogues with jihadists took root in Mali Mali: Military government breaks defence accords with France Recognize ‘enormous challenges’ facing northern Nigeria to forge new hope, Guterres urges Somalia: Three dead as al-Shabab attacks AU peacekeepers …

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News Roundup 25 April – 1 May

West Darfur: Health workers, children, among 200 killed in ‘senseless and brutal attacks’ Justice must prevail over alleged Libya war crimes, ICC Prosecutor tells Security Council Libya: Landmines, Other War Hazards, Killing Civilians Kenya mediates Congo peace talks, but breakthrough elusive ‘White hands’: The rise of private armies in African conflicts Colombian General and 10 …

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Armed Conflict is not the Only Emergency: Armed Groups, Climate Change and Emergency Governance

The reach of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has been indiscriminate. The pandemic has swept throughout the world, from peaceful countries to countries embroiled in armed conflict and areas under the control of armed groups. Like States, some armed groups have responded to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing lockdowns, …

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Three birds with one stone: the potential of special agreements to vaccinate in non-international armed conflicts

Since their development, the administration of vaccine doses is the main tool combating the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Currently, roughly 4,5 billion people in the world have been fully vaccinated. Strikingly, most of these vaccines are administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries leaving out the most vulnerable populations in conflict regions. Missing critical …

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Let’s talk about policy: non-State armed groups and international environmental law 

In recent years, legal scholars have sought to answer the question of whether, and if so how, non-State armed groups (NSAGs) are bound by international human rights law (IHRL). In the same vein, however, it remains unexplored whether NSAGs have obligations under international environmental law (IEL). This gap was addressed by Thibaud de La Bourdonnaye, …

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Teaching legal blogging and a student blog symposium on AGIL

Between 14th March – 1st April, I taught a short four-session (1 hr 45 mins each) course entitled Armed Groups and International Law in which the assessment type was legal blogging. The course fitted into our capita selecta period of teaching on the public international law LLM at Utrecht. During this period, students are able …

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