War Crimes under the Garb of Self-Defence? Analysing Israel’s Air Strikes in Gaza

On 10 May 2021, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) fired dozens of rockets in the Gaza strip. These strikes were in response to the 150 rockets launched by the Hamas into Israel, targeting Jerusalem and the mainland following days of clashes after the police cut off the speakers of the Al-Aqsa mosque on the first day of Ramadan and fired gas bombs along with rubberised steel bullets. …

Picking at the Nail in the Coffin: Examining the Al-Bashir Case from the Lens of the Geneva Conventions

In October 2020, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok expressed his commitment to support the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in gathering information about and prosecuting war crimes in Sudan. In doing so, he also hinted at discussions regarding the possibility of trying Sudanese indictees in Sudan before a ‘hybrid court’. While it is unclear whether Sudan …

Occupied Palestine Territories: Does International Human Rights Law Matter?

May 2021 witnessed pronounced violence and clashes throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories (‘OPT’) including East Jerusalem, as well as Gaza. The protests around the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa Mosque, in particular, were severely repressed, leaving about 200 Palestinians wounded. In response, over 4,000 rockets were fired by Hamas’s military wing in the direction of Tel Aviv. Many were intercepted …

Pride Month or Prejudiced Month? Analysing the Criminalisation of the LGBTQ community in Uganda amid the Covid-19 Emergency

On May 31, 2021, fourty-four people were arrested at an LGBTQ shelter in Nansana, Wakiso District, Uganda. Following their arrest, three detainees were released on bail, while others were detained for days until the matter was heard in the Chief Magistrate Court, in which thirty-nine people were granted bail. At the time of submission of this blog post, the details of the …

Repatriation of Syrians in Turkey in Light of Principles of International Law

In 2011, the internal tensions in Syria which had taken place earlier through rebellions and uprisings turned into a civil war and it still continues in Syria today. The matter of violation of human rights in Syria which has been taking place for a long time has not been resolved, and by the resistance of the people against the regime …

Consular Access for Spies and Terrorists: The Jadhav Case in the ICJ

On 17 July 2019, the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ” or the “Court”) issued its judgment in the Jadhav case. This case concerns Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a national of the Republic of India (hereinafter “India”), who was arrested by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (hereinafter “Pakistan”) and was tried and was sentenced to death by Pakistan’s military court …

Addressing the Causes not Symptoms: International Law and the Environment

The Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, has recently reminded us that the environmental issues we face today pose an existential threat. Until now, we have responded to these problems through international legal action. Proposing a change in priorities, this article will argue, …

Unlawful Consent is Still Consent: International Law Perspectives on Komstroy vs Moldova

On 2 September 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued the much-awaited judgement in the Komstroy vs Moldova case (C‑741/19). The CJEU held that intra-EU arbitrations (viz., arbitrations initiated by an EU investor against an EU Member State) based on the investor-state dispute mechanism provided for in Article 26 of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) are …