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Developing States, Featured, Headline, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law »

[ 18 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]
Protest for Burma in Kitchener, Ontario 2007. Wendy Lauren.

Olena Hrabovska*
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Human rights are commonly conceived and expressed as human freedoms. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) says that every “member of the human family” has a kind of freedom and envisions “the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear.”[1] Freedom, equality, and respect for human dignity are recognized as underlying principles of human rights.
The concept of “human rights” is multifaceted. Many scholars have attempted to provide a definition by describing two …

Africa, Featured, Headline, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law »

[ 17 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]

Girmachew Alemu Aneme*
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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 …

Featured, Headline, Human Rights, Minnesota Journal of International Law »

[ 17 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]

Gordon F. Knoblach,* Justin Erickson,** & Kristi Rudelius–Palmer***
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Since its inception, the Minnesota Journal of International Law has grown to meet the needs of an evolving marketplace of ideas. The Journal’s winding journey began in 1992, as the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade.[1] The Journal’s formative years saw the publication of articles covering a myriad of trade matters. As the Journal matured, however, the topical hegemony of trade waned and other areas of international law crept in.[2] The cracks at the seams amplified, and finally, the dam …