International Law has become an increasingly active and contested terrain for debates regarding the legitimacy of certain defence policies such as occupation or rendition. As the body of rules and texts regulating the relations of states among themselves, it has stretched to also address relations of states with individuals or with organizations.
What the civil war in Syria has exposed is that the massive political and social transformation,
and real regime change under way is led by people themselves. US military involvement
serves only to escalate the destruction.
Israel's recent 'update' on military investigations into civilian deaths in Gaza last November is an affirmation of its deficient institutional and legal practice,
with the result of continued impunity for its military and political officials.
The professionalisation of entrepreneurs in violence into a legitimate 'private security' industry provokes profound questions for state-citizen relations. Who has the power to hold these companies accountable, and how?
The British Parliament is set to debate the political recognition of Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds as genocide. With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria a declared 'red line', the need to properly understand and account for the legacy of the largest chemical attack against a civilian population remains as pressing as ever.
Lebanon's plans to harnass the vast oil and gas reserves off its shores already reveal familiar echoes of past internal divisions and external conflicts. But is this finally a chance for Lebanon to remake its future?
Gradually, EU systems of governance have extended into the southern
Mediterranean, linking dynamics in the Sahel with European interests through
its borderlands. This could be a test of the EU's foreign policy ambitions. But is the Union ready and capable to act, and if so, what is
Strong geostrategic interests in the Indian Ocean may tacitly have condemned the Tamils of Sri Lanka to death on a massive scale in the 2009 aerial bombing of civilans, and ensuing post-war government repression. Recent social movement action in Jaffna shows a
groundswell of resistance, but will the world take notice?
The domestic tribunal created to end the culture of impunity following the 1971 independence war continues to lose credibility, victim of partisan politics and judicial corruption. The latest scandal exposed by The Economist reveals the extent to which the project for justice has been compromised.
The acquittal of two Croatian generals by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia undermines the very
idea that international tribunals can contribute to peace and reconciliation in
The pace of events in Syria is reinforcing the case for western
military intervention. There is still - just - time for a Washington-led but inclusive diplomatic option to deliver an outcome that averts further great suffering.
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