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Welcome
Suffer little children
Targeted assassinations: Individual rights
Business and human rights update: the liability of holding companies for pollution by overseas subsidiaries
Ukraine initiates proceedings against Russia in the ICJ
Two DSI members appointed as Judges to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
Investor-State Dispute Settlement under Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements: ad hoc Arbitration or Investment Court System?
Litigating to Liberate LGBT People
The Unique Jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights: Protection of Human Rights Beyond the African Charter
RIP, Sir Nigel Rodley
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Kirsty Brimelow QC
Kirsty Brimelow QC
Suffer little children
International Human Rights Law

Historically there has been little or no interest in the fate of street children worldwide. This changed when the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child announced in June 2014 that it would develop a General Comment on Children in Street Situations. Kirsty Brimelow QC explains what the term ‘street children’ means in legal terms, why this General Comment is such a welcome and necessary development of child rights in international law and looks at the impact today.

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Peter Carter QC
Peter Carter QC
Targeted assassinations: Individual rights
International Criminal Law

On 11th January this year, the UK Attorney-General set out the UK government’s arguments for why its policy of targeted assassinations is justified in law. Peter Carter QC considers whether that justification is sound, what issues arise from it and how far it applies to the actions of other states, especially our allies.

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Tim Cooke-Hurle
Tim Cooke-Hurle
Business and human rights update: the liability of holding companies for pollution by overseas subsidiaries
Private International Law

Two recent judgments have turned on the jurisdiction of the courts over claims against UK companies for alleged pollution caused by their overseas subsidiaries in Africa. Tim Cooke-Hurle contrasts the outcome in the two cases, one of which leaves tens of thousands of claimants with no remedy here. 

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Tatyana Eatwell
Tatyana Eatwell
Ukraine initiates proceedings against Russia in the ICJ
Public International Law

Ukraine recently instituted proceedings against Russia at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, alleging violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (Terrorism Financing Convention) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Tatyana Eatwell discusses the scope of the application, issues in relation to jurisdiction and substantive issues that may arise.

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Steven Powles
Steven Powles
Two DSI members appointed as Judges to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
International Criminal Law

In August 2015 the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo established the Special Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000. Steven Powles provides an update about recent developments at the Court, including the appointment of 19 new judges and a discussion about the soon to be adopted Rules of Evidence and Procedure.

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Paul Barker
Paul Barker
Investor-State Dispute Settlement under Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements: ad hoc Arbitration or Investment Court System?
International Arbitration

In this article, Paul Barker considers the use of arbitration to settle investor-State disputes under investment treaties and free trade agreements, and whether or not European and Canadian proposals to replace ad hoc investor-State arbitration with a permanent investment court system will attract global support.

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Jonathan Cooper
Jonathan Cooper
Litigating to Liberate LGBT People
International Human Rights Law

In this article, Jonathan Cooper examines the extent of the criminalisation of homosexuality across the globe and its impact on LGBT people. He explains why and how criminalisation violates human rights and the role UK based lawyers can play in ending this serious and systemic human rights violation.

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Nani Jansen Reventlow
Nani Jansen Reventlow
The Unique Jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights: Protection of Human Rights Beyond the African Charter
International Human Rights Law

In this article, Doughty Street International Associate Tenant Nani Jansen Reventlow  discusses the jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to deal with violations under human rights treaties other than the African Charter.

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Kevin Jon Heller
Kevin Jon Heller
RIP, Sir Nigel Rodley
A tribute

Doughty Street Chambers was deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, an academic member of Doughty Street Chambers, and one of the giants of human rights law. Professor Kevin Jon Heller wrote a tribute about SIr Nigel Rodley.

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