The gap between policy and practice in EU arms exports limits the normative power of the EU

The issue of arms exports has caused significant controversy in a number of European countries. Jennifer L. Erickson looks at EU arms transfers and the human rights status of arms recipients between 1990 and 2010, finding that there is often a disconnect between arms trade policy and practice. She argues that in cases where EU foreign policy relies on member […]

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The EU requires a new approach at the United Nations if it is to avoid punching below its weight in negotiations.

How successful is the European Union at winning support in the United Nations? Karen E. Smith notes that as a significant voting bloc of 28 states, and as one of the primary contributors to the UN’s budget, the EU should be well placed to gain support within the UN’s decision-making processes. Despite this, EU states have often struggled to gain […]

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The time is right for Ireland to reform its laws on abortion.

In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ireland’s implementation of abortion laws had violated the rights of a woman who was forced to travel abroad to terminate her pregnancy. Liz Wicks outlines the legal position, noting that although Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in Europe, the Supreme Court has interpreted the Irish Constitution as permitting abortion […]

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Book Review: Human rights needs to be recognised as more than a buzz phrase, it is grounded in our everyday experiences

Activating Human Rights and Peace is an enlightening collection of well thought through cases aimed at academics and students of human rights, political science, law and justice, peace and conflict studies and sociology. It argues that we need to appreciate that cultivating a human rights and peace consciousness is choice-less: there is a moral imperative to engender and sustain an ethical […]

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Book Review: A New Generation Draws the Line: Humanitarian Intervention and the “Responsibility to Protect”

How do we understand the ethics of humanitarian intervention in today’s world? After Western intervention in the conflict associated with the Arab Spring, this new edition of Noam Chomsky‘s A New Generation Draws the Line aims to provide timely answers. Imani Perry finds it to be a wonderfully useful book for many reasons, but most importantly because it pushes the reader to ask questions […]

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Brussels blog round up for 18 – 24 August: Hollande’s ‘austerity for the rich’, barriers to movement for same-sex couples, and is Europe lacking ideas?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre The European Commission is currently running a public consultation on EU citizenship. Writing in relation to problems EU citizens may have travelling within the EU, Blogactiv.eu highlights some of the particular issues faced by same-sex couples. The article argues that because some countries, such as […]

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