Archive 27

‘A Disappointing End of the Road for the Mothers of Srebrenica Litigation’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post summarises the recent, final decision of the Dutch Supreme Court in this long-running case concerning acts and omissions of Dutchbat. The post focuses on the following four key issues:  the Court’s apportionment of responsibility to the Netherlands for Bosnian Serb forces’ killings of the 350 Bosnian Muslim men who had been in the […]

Canadian Supreme Court: jury trial exception for military members is constitutional

On 26 July 2019, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that military members charged with civilian crimes do not have the right to be tried by a jury, if they are tried in the military justice system. Several Canadian military members – accused of serious crimes – unsuccessfully argued that the National Defence Act (NDA) breached […]

The Conversation explainer: ‘Hybrid Warfare’ and the ‘Grey Zone’

This Conversation article explains these two terms and what they mean for Australian security and the defence of national interests. The article focuses particularly on cyber warfare and political attacks.

‘Asia’s Five Futures’

This Pacific Forum article imagines five potential ‘futures’ for the Asia-Pacific region, ranging from ‘Asia Annointed’ (development into world-leading position) to ‘Abiding Asia’ (no major change). It does not suggest which scenario is most likely to necessarily emerge in coming years.

New ICRC publication: the TPNW

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is the first globally applicable multilateral agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons on the basis of IHL. This new ICRC publication contains the 2017 text of the TPNW, and is intended to promote understanding of its rules and effects.

‘To Stem the Flow of Refugees, Address the Conflicts at its Core’

This Just Security article argues that the best and most durable solution to stemming continued high flows of refugees around the world is to focus on resolving the violent conflicts and persecution which are causing people to leave their homes in the first place. The author particularly calls on the US to tackle these problems by focusing on […]

The Month in WPS: June 2019

This ASPI monthly update tracks recent global developments in the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda across the globe for the previous month. June 2019 events of note include Namibia’s adoption of a new WPS Action Plan; the US releasing a new WPS Strategy; and recent UN initiatives/events focusing or touching on the WPS agenda more […]

‘Misunderstanding of International Aviation Law’ May Have Caused Recent US/Iran Tensions

This EJIL: Talk! blog post suggests that a “misunderstanding or openly cavalier approach” to the rules governing international airspace by a local Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander may be the explanation for the recent shooting down of a US drone. The author notes that the ensuing sabre-rattling between Iran and the US “underscores how important it is […]

Security Council Informal Dialogue on UAVs

On Monday 8 July, Peru is planning to convene an informal interactive dialogue with UN Security Council members on the challenges and opportunities faced by the use of UAVs, particularly focusing on their impact upon international peace and security. What’s in Blue has a helpful primer here.

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