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[ 17 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]
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Girmachew Alemu Aneme*
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 I. INTRODUCTION
In May 2001, all but one African state ratified a regional treaty, the African Union Constitutive Act, which provides for intervention inside African Union (AU) Member States against genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.[1] The AU Constitutive Act is the first international treaty that institutionalized the cosmopolitan ideal of protecting people inside states against mass atrocities as a matter of common obligation. The unanimous adoption of the AU’s right of intervention is a deviation from the longstanding strict adherence to the principles …

Africa, Developing States, Featured, Headline, Human Rights »

[ 3 Mar 2012 | ]
Protesters Seeking to Hold Royal Dutch Shell Liable for Human Rights Abuses

by Antoine Martin*
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Also, Click here for the audio of the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments for Kiobel vs. Shell
Abstract
The full extent of the 1789 Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) which allows non-U.S. citizens to file suits in the U.S. for international human rights violations has been the subject of many debates in recent U.S. cases (Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, Kiobel, Boimah Flomo I and II, Exxon). This comment looks at the key points relied upon in recent decisions to reject the existence of a corporate liability principle …

Europe, Featured, Headline, WTO »

[ 2 Mar 2012 | ]
Angela Merkel meets with International Organizations, Including WTO Director General Pascal Lamy

by Laurens Ankersmit, Jessica Lawrence, and Gareth Davies*
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I. Introduction
Jurisdictions have increasingly begun to restrict the sale of goods on the basis of the processes involved in production; even if these processes left no trace in the finished product. Products produced by environmentally harmful processes, sweat shops, and child labor are all seen as a distinct group for purposes of taxation and regulation.[1]
Such process and production method (PPM) measures are analytically distinct from more conventional product regulation, which concerns itself with the physical aspects of the product and …