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Release of New Policy Brief on Global Nuclear Security

UN Photo/IAEA/Greg Webb
22 Jan 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


The limited involvement of non-state actors in nuclear decision-making increases the risks to nuclear accidents and decreases the legitimacy of public policy. 


International Criminal Justice in Ukraine

Foto by Ivan Bandura
14 Jan 2015  |  by Tom Buitelaar


The breakdown of peace talks in Ukraine is a disappointment for those who hoped for an end to the crisis in the east of the country. There are worrying signs that the fighting, which has already killed over four thousand people, will flare up once again, complicating ongoing attempts to find peace, as well as any subsequent transition. Such a transition will have to come to a reckoning with Ukraine’s intensely violent recent past. Both government troops and rebel fighters have been accused of committing war crimes. If guilt is to be individualized, impunity counteracted, and incentives for revenge killings taken away, holding accountable those most responsible for the alleged war crimes should be an integral element of any attempt to find a sustainable peace in Ukraine. 


Managing Conflict and International Negotiation

13 Jan 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


In January 2015, the US Institute of Peace Press published Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, edited by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall. The book "provides a sobering panorama of contemporary conflict along with innovative thinking" about the changing world of peacemaking. 


The ICC and the Challenge of Palestinian Accession – Seeking Justice at the Cost of Peace?

UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

12 Jan 2015  |  by Dr. Aaron Matta


The recent decision by Palestine to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) has generated grave concerns over the Middle-East peace process. At the same time, its decision to join reflects a desperate move to pursue state recognition and international justice regardless of the repercussions. But what does this mean in practical terms and what implications will it have for the parties concerned?


Working Paper 5: Private Sector's Contribution to R2P and Mass Atrocities Prevention

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
12 Jan 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


Early December 2014, the third annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights took place “to take stock of challenges and discuss ways to move forward in carrying out the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.” These principles, unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, aim to ensure that the private sector respects human rights and that business operations do not negatively impact human rights. These and other initiatives such as the UN Global Compact show that businesses are increasingly being accepted as key actors in helping to advance human rights, rather than being a spur to conflict.


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