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About Annabelle Giger

Annabelle Giger recently completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and is interested in the influence of human rights values on foreign-policy making and the creation of international law. She also holds a Masters in British Politics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and has worked for cultural and international solidarity NGOs.

Articles by Annabelle Giger

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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why casualty recording matters

After narrowly avoiding military intervention in Syria, it is time for decision-makers to realise that there is a way to strengthen and reinforce the norms behind humanitarian intervention: systematic civilian casualty recording.

Annabelle Giger

In 2008 the world experienced one of its most important economic crises. A few years later the banking system completely collapsed and the markets imploded. For a short period of time it was chaos because the structure we had known for centuries had suddenly disappeared. But looking back, now, in 2050, I think it was the push humanity needed to rethink itself. This total collapse which occurred in 2020 and which everyone fiercely feared for years before it happened created the tabula rasa we needed. We – politicians and citizens of the world – were too scared to put a stop to a mechanism we thought was inescapable. Its self-destruction was a disaster which we turned into an opportunity.

Today the world still works globally but around a system of solidarity and mutual aid. Our values have changed and we have been able to build something new. Money is no more the almighty ruler of our conducts. Equality is. Thus everyone has access to the best education and to a good standard of living. People don’t live to survive anymore, they live to accomplish things.  This is the beginning of an age when visions are enacted and when people work for the community.

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