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Dr. Aaron Matta and Anda Scarlat Comment on Potential Legal Redress Following the Downing of Malaysia Flight MH17

28 Aug 2015  | by The Hague Institute Staff

On 27 and 28 August, Dr. Aaron Matta, Senior Researcher in the Rule of Law Program, and Anda Scarlat, Summer Fellow in the Rule of Law Program, published a two-part commentary on the Opinio Juris Blog. The commentary looks at the downing of Malaysia Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and explores the potential legal avenues for redress available to the victims’ families, the affected states and the international community as a whole. 
 

Dr. Abi Williams Publishes Chapter on 'Global Governance and the Responsibility to Protect'

Pablo Tosco
27 Aug 2015  | by The Hague Institute Staff

 

Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute, recently published a chapter on 'Global Governance and the Responsibility to Protect' in a volume entitled "Theorising the Responsibility to Protect" edited by Ramesh Thakur and William Maley.

 

The Failure to Protect Civilians in Yemen and the Implications for International Norms

24 Aug 2015  | by Zita Christoffersen

 

After almost five months of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, there are no signs of a negotiated solution to the conflict. The Yemeni population that have managed to survive the conflict continue to face daily shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies. Repeated reports from international NGOs have documented how the Saudi-led coalition has unduly risked harm to civilians by using cluster munitions, and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, civilian homes and weapons depots located in residential areas. For example, on 24 July, airstrikes on two apartment buildings in Mokha killed at least 65 civilians. The Houthis have also failed to take adequate precautions to protect civilians. Amnesty International has documented the Houthis’ use of deadly anti-aircraft munitions that can detonate upon ground impact.

 

Building Peace in Afghanistan through Regional Economic Integration

SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD
21 Aug 2015  |  by Dr. Richard Ponzio

 

With Afghan security forces suffering casualty rates 50% higher during the first half of 2015 than in the same period a year earlier, one could argue that the recently completed security and political transitions in Afghanistan are failing to deliver durable peace, just as Western-led forces and donors pull back their assistance. Equally problematic is that Afghanistan’s third critical economic transition has yet to be fulfilled. Without it, the growth, jobs, and public revenue so essential to successful state- and peacebuilding—by creating unique incentives for the currently stalled political reconciliation effort necessary to end the conflict—will, indeed, remain elusive.

 

Making the Business Case for Climate Change Adaptation at the Community Level

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
20 Aug 2015  | By Ting Zhang

 

While citizens bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change, businesses have not managed to evade them either. Both rapid and slow onset events affect businesses’ core operations and supply chain. Over the long term, businesses also face increased insurance costs and more fragile business environments where climate change exacerbates social and political tensions. It is thus no surprise that businesses are becoming increasingly involved in the fight against climate change.

 

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