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Looking at Legal Ethics Through the Lens of Family Violence

The words “family violence”, “domestic violence”, “intimate partner violence” and “coercive control” do not appear anywhere in the Federation of Law Societies of Canada . The Code does not typically have special rules for special areas of practice, but family violence is not strictly a family law matter. Family violence can be an issue in immigration and refugee law, employment law, corporate law, criminal law, landlord-tenant law, and real estate law, to name a few.[1] When family violence is ...
Tags: UK, New York, Justice, Law, Canada, Un, Bill, Department Of Justice, Chernobyl, British Columbia, Legal Ethics, Cbc, Supreme Court of Canada, UBC, CBC News, Statistics Canada


Myanmar Coup: “A Crisis Born of Impunity”

LRWC joins worldwide calls for action to restore civilian authorities [Editors note: Column is current to its submission date of 19 Feb 2021] The military coup in Myanmar shocked the world on the 1st of February, but the junta’s actions since then have surprised no one. International organizations, governments, and civil society organizations around the globe have expressed outrage or at least “concern” about the abrupt halt to Myanmar’s decade of stumbling political reform. Hundreds of thousa...
Tags: Law, China, Russia, European Union, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Nations, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bangladesh, Un, Myanmar, UN Security Council, Geneva, Norway, States


'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe


Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe


Yemen risks worst famine on planet in 'decades', say UN officials

Tens of thousands more civilians could be displaced due to attacks by Houthi rebels in Marib provinceThe conflict in Yemen has taken a “sharp escalatory turn” and the country is speeding towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades, UN officials have warned, as the US under Joe Biden takes a renewed interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the war.In one of his more downbeat monthly assessments, the UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the security council attacks by the Houthi r...
Tags: US, Famine, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Un, Yemen, Security Council, Marib, Martin Griffiths, Marib province


'He's beaten her black and blue for years': a month in the life of a women's refuge manager

Over the past year, reports of domestic violence have risen enormously – while refuge places are scarce. One woman explains what it is like trying to help those who have fled for their livesThe pandemic has had a devastating impact on women in abusive relationships, trapping them in their homes with violent, manipulative or controlling men. The UN described the global increase in domestic abuse as a “shadow pandemic”, and in the first seven weeks of lockdown there was a domestic abuse call to UK...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, Life and style, Society, Domestic Violence, Un


British barrister Karim Khan elected ICC's new chief prosecutor

Khan, 50, won on second round of voting by 131 member states and replaces Fatou Bensouda, who was hit with US sanctionsA British QC has been elected as the new chief prosecutor for the international criminal court in an election by the court’s 131 member states at the UN in New York. Karim Khan will replace Fatou Bensouda from the Gambia, and as he starts his nine-year term he faces a daunting task trying to secure more convictions and spread acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction across the glo...
Tags: Law, US, UK News, World news, US news, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Khan, Gambia, Icc, Karim Khan, Fatou Bensouda, New York Karim Khan


The Time Machine

Long Now co-founder Brian Eno in front of his 77 Million Paintings generative artwork (02007). Editor’s Note: This paper was sent our way by its lead author, Henry McGhie. It was originally published in Museum & Society, July 2020. 18(2) 183-197. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. No changes have been made.  The Time Machine: challenging perceptions of time and place to enhance climate change engagement throu...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, Texas, London, Climate Change, Australia, Future, US, Society, Unesco, Britain, Commerce, Paris, Manchester, United Nations


How Covid could be the 'long overdue' shake-up needed by the aid sector

Analysis: as need outstrips funding, experts are making the case for overhauling ‘old-fashioned’ donor-recipient narrativesCoronavirus – latest updatesRead more in the series: The return of extreme povertyThis year one in every 33 people across the world will need humanitarian assistance. That is a rise of 40% from last year, according to the UN. More than half of the countries requiring aid to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic are already in protracted crises, coping with conflict or natu...
Tags: Gender, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Poverty, Hunger, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Women in politics, Inequality, African Union, Inequality and development


EU 'not fit for purpose' to reduce poverty in Europe, says UN envoy

Brexit risks exacerbating poverty issues, says human rights envoy after two-month investigationThe European Union is “not fit for purpose” in the task of reducing poverty in Europe and Brexit risks exacerbating the problem, the UN’s special envoy on human rights has said after a two-month investigation.Prof Olivier De Schutter, who was given access to senior officials across the bloc’s institutions, said the EU’s “constitutional framework” was driving a race to the bottom in corporation and inco...
Tags: Europe, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Social exclusion, United Nations, Un, Brexit, Olivier De Schutter


Where in the world is Portsea?

Great Britain (pop. 61.5 million) is Europe's most populous island.But where exactly is Portsea, number 20 on the list?If you're not afraid of a truckload of trivia – read on. Rabbit holes Maps are rabbit holes. Where they lead depends on how you fall into them. In this case, the trap door was Portsea. This is a map of Europe's 20 most populous islands. The largest ones are familiar, and not difficult to guess. Yes, Great Britain is Europe's most people-rich island. And many would have gotten...
Tags: Europe, Maps, England, Texas, London, Sweden, Greece, Wales, Indonesia, France, Scotland, Virginia, Nigeria, Africa, Eu, Spain


Book Review: Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation–Lessons From Comparative Experience

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation: Lessons from Comparative Experience. By Elizabeth Jane Macpherson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. xi, 291 p. Includes bibliographic reference...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Australia, Book Reviews, Colombia, New Zealand, Cambridge, Amazon Rainforest, Un, Latin America, Australasia, MacPherson, Maori, Whanganui River, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Law Library Review


US, Iran ratchet up military activity ahead of Soleimani killing anniversary

By Nicole Gaouette | CNN The US and Iran charged each other with ratcheting up tensions in the Persian Gulf as concerns about potential conflict build days before Iran marks one year since the US assassinated its most powerful military figure and less than three weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Iran appealed to the UN Security Council on Thursday to stop the US from conducting what it called heightened “military adventurism” in the Gulf and the Oman Sea, including dispatching...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Soccer, Military, Middle East


Doing the Two-Step on Uneven Platforms: Successes and Setbacks of Human Rights Advocacy

Human rights advocates are sometimes asked whether human rights advocacy works. Most human rights defenders answer in the form of anecdotes, because empirical research on effectiveness is scarce in a world where human rights advocates have limited resources and are increasingly in danger. This report reviews some 2020 successes and setbacks experienced by the pro bono advocates of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC). The year 2021 will require renewed energy and resources for visionary and persi...
Tags: Law, Saudi Arabia, Court, Iran, Canada, Un, Solidarity, Ontario, University of British Columbia, United Nations UN, UN Committee, Raif Badawi, Samar Badawi, Waleed Abu Al Khair, Ensaf Haidar, UN Human Rights Council


Trump's Blackwater pardons an affront to justice, say UN experts

Rights experts say pardon of four contractors over Iraq killings undermine humanitarian lawDonald Trump’s pardon of four American men convicted of killing Iraqi civilians while working as contractors in 2007 violated US obligations under international law, United Nations human rights experts have said.Nicholas Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder and Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter over an incident in which US contractors ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Iraq, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, United Nations, International criminal justice, Un, Baghdad, Trump, Blackwater, Nicholas Slatten, Trump Administration


UN expert urges Thailand to stop targeting protesters with royal insult law

Students among those who could face long sentences under sweeping lese-majesty law Thailand’s authorities must stop targeting pro-democracy protesters with draconian legal action and instead enter into dialogue, according to the UN’s special rapporteur for freedom of assembly, who warned the country risks sliding into violence.Clément Voule said he had written to the Thai government to express alarm at the use of the fierce lese-majesty law against dozens of protesters, including students as you...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Law, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Un, Freedom Of Speech, Clément Voule


‘Shoved aside’: Fiji set to lose top job on UN rights body in global power struggle

Country’s expected ascension to human rights council presidency is being challenged by a China-backed bid by BahrainFor a small country in the South Pacific that joined the UN’s powerful human rights council for the first time in 2019, Fiji has made giant strides within the organisation: right to the very top ... almost.By consensus, Fiji’s chief diplomat in Geneva, ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, was set to assume the presidency of the council for 2021, a historic first not only for Fiji, but f...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Un, Geneva, South Pacific, Pacific, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Nazhat Shameem Khan


Unicef to feed hungry children in UK for first time in 70-year history

UN agency will help fund food parcels for those affected by coronavirus crisis in Southwark, south LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnicef has launched a domestic emergency response in the UK for the first time in its more than 70-year history to help feed children hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The UN agency, which is responsible for providing humanitarian aid to children worldwide, said the coronavirus pandemic was the most urgent crisis affecting children since t...
Tags: UK, London, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Food Banks, United Nations, Un, Food poverty, Unicef, Southwark, Coronavirus


'Alarming': female prison population rises by 100,000 in past decade – report

New data finds number of women behind bars growing, despite most being convicted of low-level nonviolent crimesThe number of women being jailed globally has increased by more than 100,000 in the past decade, despite international rules aimed at reducing the female prison population.New data released by Penal Reform International around the 10th anniversary of the “Bangkok Rules” adopted by the UN show there are now 741,000 women and girls in prison. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Human Rights, Law, Women, World news, Global development, Un, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


'Alarming': number of women behind bars rises by 100,000 in past decade

New data finds female prison population growing, despite most being convicted of low-level nonviolent crimesThe number of women being jailed globally has increased by more than 100,000 in the past decade, despite international rules aimed at reducing the female prison population.New data released by Penal Reform International around the 10th anniversary of the “Bangkok Rules” adopted by the UN show there are now 741,000 women and girls in prison. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Human Rights, Law, Women, World news, Global development, Un, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


France security law incompatible with human rights, say UN experts

Special reporters take government to task over proposed legislation that would give police more powerUN experts have urged France to completely revise a proposed new security law, deeming it “incompatible” with international law and human rights.Five independent UN special reporters took the French government to task over the proposed legislation and said tinkering with it by rewriting certain clauses was not enough. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, France, World news, United Nations, Un


UK starts deployment of 300 troops to Mali as part of UN mission

UK forces join 56 other countries in Minusma peacekeeping mission Britain has begun a three-year deployment of 300 troops to the west African country of Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, entering a region beset by an increasingly dangerous violent Islamist insurgency.The UK forces are deploying to Gao, in the east of the country, where militants have repeatedly attacked French, European and local armed forces, including a deadly 2017 suicide attack on a military base that killed more th...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, United Nations, British Army, Mali, Un, GAO, MINUSMA


Iran passes law threatening to halt nuclear inspections and boost enrichment

Law gives European signatories to nuclear deal two months to ease sanctions imposed after US quit nuclear dealIran’s Guardian Council watchdog body has approved a law on Wednesday that obliges the government to halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased in two months.In retaliation for the killing last week of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, Iran’s hardli...
Tags: Law, US, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Un, Tehran, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, Guardian Council, Israel Iran


An Emerging Ministers of Justice Movement

Since April, we have been calling for justice leaders of the world to get out of their national cubby holes and come together to share fears, failures, successes, and strategies, just like public health minister are doing. The COVID-19 crisis is too big and too unprecedented to deal with on your own national level. On 20 October, 22 ministers of justice did just that at the Justice for All in a Global Emergency meeting convened by Minister of Justice of Canada, David Lametti (see end for partici...
Tags: London, Justice, Law, Senegal, Czech Republic, Canada, Ireland, Sierra Leone, Chile, Morocco, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, International criminal court, Belgium, Argentina


WTO National Security Exception – Strike Two!

Authors’ note: U.S. trade policy may well be affected by the results of the November 3rd election, which this column was written prior to.  In February 2020,[1] we took note of the first adopted WTO dispute settlement panel to interpret the GATT 1994 Article XXI national security exception: Russia – Traffic in Transit. [2] Now in Saudi Arabia – Measures Concerning the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (“Saudi – IP”),[3] we have a second panel that deals with the defence. Addre...
Tags: Law, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Eu, Qatar, European Union, United States, Brazil, Un, WTO, Bahrain, Panel, Uae, Administrative Law, Ksa, Nafta


UN urges resumption of mass measles and polio vaccinations

Unicef and WHO say Covid disruption has left 94 million without measles immunisationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnicef and the World Health Organization have called for urgent action to prevent millions of avoidable child deaths from measles and polio by resuming mass vaccinations disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.They say that while there is no vaccine against the coronavirus yet, there are very effective immunisations against these two killer diseases, and chil...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Unicef, Coronavirus


Yemen on brink of losing entire generation of children to hunger, UN warns

Food security crisis means acute malnutrition among under-fives at highest levels since war engulfed the countryAlmost 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying in Yemen as the country slides back into a hunger crisis.An analysis by UN agencies says the coronavirus pandemic, economic problems and conflict have led to the highest levels of malnutrition ever recorded in parts of the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Un, Yemen, Food Security


Canadian Pro Bono Lawyers Amplify the Calls for Justice Worldwide: 30th Anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers

For the past two decades, Canadian lawyers have been speaking up for lawyers and human rights defenders in danger in dozens of countries under the auspices of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC). In 2005, LRWC was granted United Nations (UN) consultative status. Since then LRWC has regularly advocated for lawyers and other defenders at the UN Human Rights Council (Council) and other UN bodies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which recognize...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Law, Saudi Arabia, China, US, Turkey, Canada, Philippines, Amnesty International, Cambodia, Un, European Court Of Human Rights, Xinjiang, Council


'Just 15 minutes out every day': a teenage prisoner's life during Covid

One young inmate tells how being locked up alone for hours and not being able to see his family affected his mental healthUK Covid policy for children in detention ‘cruel and inhumane’, says UN expertFor five months, 16-year-old Sean* spent around 23 hours a day in his cell. He tried to get through the time by doing puzzles and calling his lawyer, asking her again and again to help him get bail.When he arrived at the secure training centre (STC) it was already in lockdown. He was just 15. “I had...
Tags: Children, Law, Society, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Prisons and probation, Un, Young People, Sean, STC


UK Covid policy for children in detention 'cruel and inhumane', says UN expert

Solitary confinement to stop virus spread increases risk of self-harm and suicide and could have a lifelong impact, M0J warned‘Just 15 minutes out every day’: a teenager prisoner’s life during CovidThe UK government’s policy of allowing children in detention to be locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day under emergency Covid-19 measures is “extreme and inhumane” and could lead to lifelong mental health damage, according to the UN special rapporteur on torture and leading child healt...
Tags: UK, Children, Law, Society, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Prisons and probation, Un, Young People



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