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The latest post from Lacuna Magazine, produced by our Centre for Human Rights in Practice.
In Italy forensic pathologist Cristina Cattaneo is working to identify some of the 20,000 refugees who have died or gone missing while trying to cross the Mediterranean.
The IEL Collective will be hosting its first Inaugural Conference from 6-7 November 2019 at the University of Warwick and is calling for papers.
The IEL Collective was launched on Thursday 23 May 2019. It is an initiative started by research centres based at seven law schools around the UK to provide a space for critical reflection on the complex interactions in the growing field of international economic law.
After the Rwandan genocide saw the murder of up to one million people, prosecutor Charles Adeogun-Phillips was tasked with delivering justice to the victims. In an article by Lacuna Magazine, he talks to Warwick Law School's Sanjeeb Hossain about his 12 years leading genocide prosecutions at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, how he coped with the crimes he tried and what he learnt about humanity.
Former Warwick LLM student, Anna Celuch, who recently graduated with a distinction will soon be packing her bags to help local African entrepreneurs build successful businesses.
Anna travelled from Poland to study International Economic Law at Warwick University, and went on to be awarded Top Postgraduate Performer in IEL 2016/17.
While studying a module on Human Rights in Practice, four Warwick Law students embarked on a human rights project which led to an incredibly successful petition- gaining nearly 60,000 signatures.
In an article published in Lacuna, Warwick Law student, Helen Bates describes how her team began researching into sexism in the workplace to discover the scale and seriousness of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Joining forces with Joeli Brearley, the founder of ‘Pregnant then Screwed’, they set up a petition that would extend pregnant mother’s legal rights to bring a discrimination claim to tribunal from 3 months to 6 months.
During a placement last summer (2016) in California for the Death Penalty Internship Programme, third year Warwick Law undergraduate, Natasha Darlington, penned an article analysing the consequences of a real Ohio case whereby a federal judge ruled the current State-prescribed procedure of lethal injection as unconstitutional.
The article, titled 'Federal Judge rejects Ohio’s Lethal Injection Procedure: An Ongoing Constitutional Question', was consequently published by the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Law Journal.
Dr Alison Struthers' article 'The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education: English primary education as a case study' has been published by the Journal of Human Rights Practice (DOI:10.1093/jhuman/huw023).
The article argues that in order for learners to become empowered human rights activitists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. It draws upon empirical research conducted with teachers from primary schools across England to argue that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture.
Andrew Williams publishes 'Forgotten Trials: the other side of Nuremberg' in History Extra
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice co-director Prof Andrew Williams, publishes 'Forgotten trials: the other side of Nuremberg' in History Extra, based on research for his recent book A Passing Fury: Searching for Justice at the End of World War II.
"A landmark in the history of international criminal justice, the Nuremberg Tribunal saw 24 major Nazi criminals brought to trial, with judges from the Allied powers presiding over the hearings. Eleven prominent Nazis were sentenced to death, while others received short prison sentences or no penalty at all. But, says Orwell Prize-winning author AT Williams, while the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of the ‘free world’s’ choice of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity, it was only a tiny fragment of a whole system of largely forgotten war crimes trials organised by the Allies across Europe".
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice co-director Professor Andrew Williams recently published an article on the Chilcot Report: Law in The Political Quarterly based on his ongoing research on the Iraq investigations.
A Very British Scandal: A 7-part special series investigating the realities behind the Iraq allegations.
Government and media have denied, dismissed and derided allegations of abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.
And yet despite all the political and media pressure the Iraq allegations haven’t gone away.
Lacuna tells the story as you haven't heard it before.
Over the next 7 days, Lacuna magazine editor-in-chief AT Williams and Open Democracy will be interrogating a very British scandal. From calls from the government to “stamp out” the practice of human rights defence to the mainstream media’s portrayal of the “legal witch hunt” supposedly carried out against UK soldiers, this 7-part series digs deeper.