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Order versus Justice in the selection of the next UN Secretary General

The battle to replace Ban Ki-moon has begun. A recent article by Colum Lynch (@columlynch) in Foreign Policy speaks about the race, the likely competitors and the interests at play. The author explains how the most powerful countries tend to … Continue reading

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UN bodies insist: Human rights have extraterritorial effects

The United States and the Vatican have recently been criticised by three UN committees for the very same reason: Because both States refuse to accept that their human rights obligations have effects beyond their national borders. In February, the UN … Continue reading

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International Liberalism and R2P. Have liberalists given up on the ICC?

Granted. The title is a little unfair. The truth is that I am only referring to Michael Ignatieff, but I have the impression that the point is extendible to other international liberals, or rather liberalists. This is pure perception. I … Continue reading

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Ruggie versus Ecuador: Will a human rights norm ever emerge regardless of Western support?

In September 2013, a number of countries issued a joint statement in favour of an international treaty on business and human rights. The statement was drafted by Ecuador and signed also by the African Group, the Arab Group, Pakistan, Sri … Continue reading

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NSA surveillance confirms the realist paradigm, and I am not happy about that

Only a few days ago I briefly presented the research of my life, which I have just started and deals with the influence that human rights make on foreign policy making in Europe. In particular, at the moment I am … Continue reading

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Intervening militarily in Syria? Many more questions than answers

Only last week, a US-led military intervention in Syria seemed inevitable. Today, the immediate future looks more uncertain. In a historic debate, the UK Parliament refused to endorse a military action. President Obama referred the matter to Congress. NATO Chief … Continue reading

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Human rights and the financial crisis in focus: some thoughts after a meeting in Vienna

Last Monday I took part in an “expert meeting on promoting a rights-based approach to financial regulation and economic recovery”. The meeting took place at the UN office in Vienna and it was co-hosted by the OHCHR and the Center … Continue reading

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