Democracy, Governance, and Rule of Law

The Protection of Individual and Collective Rights in Investment Treaty Arbitration

June 17, 2014 Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) plays a controversial role when it comes to the protection of rights. Questions have been raised about the ability of ISDS to safeguard individual interests, particularly human rights. The effect of ISDS on sustainable development, including the protection of collective rights (such as environmental and labor standards, and consumer protection), has also come to the fore as a crucial sticking point in the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC Commits Bosco Ntaganda to Trial (June 9, 2014)

Author: 
Emily MacKenzie

On June 9, 2014, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (the Court) unanimously

Prosecutor of the ICC Publishes Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes (June 5, 2014)

Author: 
Emily MacKenzie

On June 5, 2014, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, p

U.N. General Assembly Adopts Resolution Recognizing Right of Internally Displaced Refuges from Georgia’s Abkhazia, Tskhinvali Regions to Return Home (June 5, 2014)

Author: 
Nicole R. Tuttle

On June 5, 2014, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/274 (draft only), which “[r]ecognizes the right of return of all int

Court of Justice of the European Union Restricts Application of Ne Bis in Idem principle in Schengen Area (May 27, 2014)

Author: 
Emily MacKenzie

On May 27, 2014, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court)

IACHR Welcomes Military Justice Reforms in Mexico (May 9, 2014)

Author: 
Nicole R. Tuttle

On May 9, 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomed reforms to the Mexican Code of Military Justice that restrict the scope of military jurisdiction over human rights cas

Caribbean Court of Justice Grants Leave to Bring Challenge to Immigration Legislation Prohibiting Entry of Homosexuals into Belize and Trinidad & Tobago (May 8, 2014)

Author: 
Emily MacKenzie

On May 8, 2014, the Caribbean Court of Justice (the Court)

International Lawyers and Legal Experts Write Open Letter to the United Nations on Humanitarian Aid in Syria (April 28, 2014)

Author: 
Nicole R. Tuttle

On April 28, 2014, thirty-five international lawyers and legal experts signed an open letter

U.N. Security Council Establishes New Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (April 10, 2014)

Author: 
Nicole R. Tuttle

On April 10, 2014, the U.N.

European Commission Unveils Framework to Strengthen the Rule of Law in the EU (March 11, 2014)

Author: 
Jannat Majeed

On March 11, 2014, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU), adopted a new framework