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About Dan Plesch

Dan Plesch is the author of America, Hitler and the UN (I.B.Tauris 2011) and The Beauty Queen's Guide to World Peace, (Politico's 2004) and Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London. Human Rights after Hitler - The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes was published in April 2017.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

There is established US legal precedent on water torture

Does CIA nominee Gina Haspel agree with US convictions of Japanese for water torture?

Human rights after Hitler: and the essential role of the global popular

A timely and groundbreaking book breaks the silence over a little-known UN agency operating between 1943 and 1948, the UNWCC – a key chapter in our war-time experience. Excerpts.

Time to fight for disarmament

As national security becomes increasingly understood as the advancement of military technologies, the concept of disarmament has become little more than a Cold War relic. We must save it. 

Limited liability - a fundamental breach of our rights?

This is drawn from remarks at a meeting in the House of Lords chaired by Lord Phillips of Sudbury on Shareholder Accountability and a Fair Society, as part of a SOAS projectPlesch first articulated the limited liability problem in his book, The Beauty Queen's Guide to World Peace.

Reconsidering war with Iran

Short and long term human, political and economic consequences of any war require innovative approaches to prevent the crisis becoming war: such a case clearly exists with Iran and her nuclear ambitions.  

Disarmament is more practical than we are conditioned to think

As attention shifts to the NATO summit in Chicago, a statement by sixteen non nuclear weapons states, including Switzerland and Norway - an ally of the nuclear weapons states, says that nuclear weapons and programmes have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and should be abolished.

What happened to Britain’s wartime know-how?

Senior military figures have called on the British Prime Minster to scrap proposals to increase Britain's overseas aid spending and enshrine it in law. But Britain should keep its promise and go further, restoring the wartime UN to the proper place in its political culture.

Nuclear Follies

The so-called nuclear renaissance is irrational. Just look to Libya and Japan.

Disarmament: the forgotten issue

The world should seek inspiration from past successes and aim to for global disarmament by 2020. it can be done, says Dan Plesch.

Corporate rights and responsibilities: restoring legal accountability

The doctrine of limited liability is central to the rise of unfettered, irresponsible corporate power. It must be challenged in the interests of individual freedom, equality before the law and shared prosperity, argue Stephanie Blankenburg & Dan Plesch.

Britain's choice: nuclear weapons or foreign policy

The British government's plans to source a new generation of nuclear missiles in the United States undermine the possibility of a progressive foreign policy, says Dan Plesch.

The United Nations in Bush's firing-line

Behind the United Nations oil-for-food scandal is a Bush administration attempt to undermine the organisation and dismantle international law, argues Dan Plesch.

The hidden history of the United Nations

Dan Plesch rediscovers a forgotten story of the 1940s: how the United Nations was forged, beat the Nazis and established a lasting peace.

Britain's intelligence secrets: under the influence

The row over Iraq intelligence focused attention on the Joint Intelligence Committee, the top coordinating body of Britain’s secret state. But how does the JIC operate?

Iran: the coming war

Will the United States attack Iran? Eight major arguments say no. Each one dissolves on inspection, says Dan Plesch.
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