International Co-operation on Platform Governance

Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex and co-author of the Carnegie UK Trust’s proposals for Harm Reduction on Social Media, gave evidence on 7 November 2019 at the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News in Dublin. The Committee, formed of Parliamentarians from eleven countries, met for the third time, having previously convened … Continue reading International Co-operation on Platform Governance

International Organizations Accountability Symposium: Reparations for Mass Torts Involving the United Nations–Misguided Exceptionalism in Peacekeeping Operations

Dr. Carla Ferstman, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Where do individuals who suffer harm as a result of the negligence or malfeasance of the UN go to seek redress? Sadly, there is nowhere for them to go. Maybe I shock easily, or maybe I hold the UN up on a pedestal and expect … Continue reading International Organizations Accountability Symposium: Reparations for Mass Torts Involving the United Nations–Misguided Exceptionalism in Peacekeeping Operations

Enhancing cooperation between UN and regional human rights mechanisms

Cristina Blanco, PhD researcher in international human rights law, presented at a workshop organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Between 21-22 October 2019, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held a workshop on regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, following Human Rights Council resolution 34/17. The … Continue reading Enhancing cooperation between UN and regional human rights mechanisms

New Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Noam Lubell, Professor of International Law at the University of Essex and Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at the Geneva Academy, has co-authored new Guidelines for States on how to investigate allegations in armed conflict. The Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL: Law, Policy, and Good Practice are the outcome of a five-year … Continue reading New Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law

‘Milk-shaking’ political figures and irresponsible advertising

Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 October 2019, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s advertising watchdog, banned a promotional tweet on Burger King’s Twitter page on the grounds that it condoned anti-social behaviour. Background In May 2019, a 32-year-old man launched a milkshake at Nigel Farage, the Brexit … Continue reading ‘Milk-shaking’ political figures and irresponsible advertising

Analysing the character of the Memoranda of Understanding signed by the European Central Bank

In recent years the use of instruments characterised as “atypical acts” or “soft law” has proliferated in EU law. Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) provide a good case in point as they comprise a convenient way to conclude what are perceived as non-binding agreements negotiated and adopted bilaterally by EU Institutions and third parties. Dr Anastasia Karatzia, … Continue reading Analysing the character of the Memoranda of Understanding signed by the European Central Bank

Cross-Border Mergers in the EU: Shareholders’ Derivative Suits Against Corporate Directors

Dr Georgios Zouridakis, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has published a new chapter in the edited collection Cross-Border Mergers: EU Perspectives and National Experiences (Springer 2019). Dr Zouridakis' study shows that shareholders championing corporate interests may face several obstacles following cross-border mergers within the EU, depending on whether the suit is temporally … Continue reading Cross-Border Mergers in the EU: Shareholders’ Derivative Suits Against Corporate Directors