As we balance on the scale of the climate crisis, COP27 was an opportunity for the world to tip away from climate catastrophe. However, as Countries and Organisations focused elsewhere on more pressing matters - the urgency of the crisis was overlooked. The article dives into the key criticisms of last year's Conference while also analysing the progress made (or not) from COP26. Lastly, the article will look at lessons to take away as the world begins preparations for COP28, taking place in the United Arab Emirates this year.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many atrocities are alleged to have been committed, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. The consequent investigations led by the General Prosecutor of Ukraine prove to be challenging given the special nature of the crimes at stake. The fact-finding process for large-scale violations represents a … Continue reading The conflict in Ukraine: an overview of the cooperative network deployed to investigate alleged crimes
Global recognition of the adverse effects on the environment occasioned by the drilling of oil wells, constant release of chemicals, particularly from the burning of fossil fuel, emission of biocidal products and hazardous substances, led to the introduction and subsequent adoption of the ‘polluter pays' principle as a means to deter massive pollution of the … Continue reading The ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle in the Context of the Nigerian Legal System
Twelve years after Wikileaks published classified documents from the U.S. army and the U.S. State Department, Julian Assange is about to know whether he will be extradited and have to face trial in the United States for conspiracy and computer fraud. After the British High Court ruled in favour of his extradition, the case has … Continue reading Wikileaks revelations: Julian Assange on the edge of extradition
By: Chandril Chattopadhyay & Satyaki Paul  “Shifting house during floods or river erosion is hard but losing your land is a completely different experience, it is indescribable pain” -Kestiar Char, Sariakandi, India Environmentalist, Mr. Lester R. Brown introduced the term “Environmental Refugees” in 1923 which was later adapted as “Environmental Migrants”. According to him, … Continue reading The winds do not carry them home – the praxis of neglect and the plight of the Climate Refugees
The 9th May is celebrated by the European Union like a national day, as it would have officially been if the European Constitution Treaty were successful. The date commemorates the speech held on the same day in 1950 by Robert Schuman, now often designated as one of the founding fathers of the EU. Regarded as … Continue reading Ode to solidarity
After the 1998 terrorist attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as 9/11, the need for tackling terrorism on a global scale was imminent. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) therefore acted under its powers vested in Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and adopted a series of resolutions aimed at … Continue reading The role of the Office of the Ombudsperson to the ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee
The case concerns a dispute related to the issue of intra-EU objection. In the past years, EU Member States have increasingly started to contest the ability of international tribunals to rule on intra-EU disputes. This comes as a result of CJEU’s Achmea decision, whereupon the Court ruled that arbitral tribunals constituted under intra-EU investment agreements … Continue reading The issue of intra-EU objection: has it become a failed dialogue? An example from Infracapital v Spain
The European Commission recently published Draft Guidelines on the application of competition law to collective agreements of self-employed persons. These guidelines are part of a proposed package to improve working conditions of people doing platform work. The number of self-employed workers has risen considerably in recent years, owing partially to the introduction of the ‘platform … Continue reading The Draft Guidelines on self-employed persons: Understanding the context
Trigger warning: graphic descriptions and discussion of abuse On 30 November 2021, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt convicted a former fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the enslavement and abuse of members of the Yazidi community in the city of Fallujah, … Continue reading The Yazidi genocide: Is justice finally being served?