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    The triumph of international law: Why India and Pakistan must have a comprehensive charter of rights for prisoners

The triumph of international law: Why India and Pakistan must have a comprehensive charter of rights for prisoners

Prannv Dhawan (Independent Researcher, India) looks at the International Court of Justice’s recent verdict on retired Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and examines whether the ruling could provide a safeguard in the future for the human rights of all individuals caught up in legal disputes between India and Pakistan.

The final verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the apex judicial […]

August 22nd, 2019|Featured, Law|0 Comments|
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    Long Read: The Reko Diq ‘Fiasco’ in Perspective: Pakistan’s Experience of International Investment Arbitration

Long Read: The Reko Diq ‘Fiasco’ in Perspective: Pakistan’s Experience of International Investment Arbitration

“As Pakistan faces an ICSID award for damages for its 2011 decision to deny a mining lease for the Reko Diq project to Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, Amber Darr (Coventry) explains how the real issue for Pakistan is not just the colossal damages they may have to pay, but to accept responsibility for what appears to have been […]

August 14th, 2019|Featured, Law|Comments Off on Long Read: The Reko Diq ‘Fiasco’ in Perspective: Pakistan’s Experience of International Investment Arbitration|

India’s Public Order Acts: Dissent and democracy

Following the arrest of five Indian civil rights activities under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in August 2018, Emily Rook-Koepsel (University of Pittsburgh, USA) looks back at the creation and use of the Public Order Acts in India to argue how their use in contemporary India isn’t too dissimilar to their use when India was under colonial rule.

In late […]

June 11th, 2019|Featured, Law|Comments Off on India’s Public Order Acts: Dissent and democracy|
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    Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan

Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan

When Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy, the three-member bench made their legal decision by appealing to Islam rather than the Constitution. Amber Darr (UCL) looks at why such a ruling, which is being hailed around the world as a landmark judgement, furthers the cause of the religious right and risks shifting sovereignty in Pakistan from a […]

December 6th, 2018|Law, Religion|Comments Off on Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan|

Myanmar 2020 – Rohingya Citizenship: Now or Never?

Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law is not just a tool for denying the Rohingya their rights, it has also contributed to the military’s acts of genocide against them. With elections in two years, the next 12 months may be the last chance to reform the law, give the Rohingya their long overdue citizenship rights, and help create conditions for the safe […]

November 2nd, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Law, Politics|Comments Off on Myanmar 2020 – Rohingya Citizenship: Now or Never?|

The role of mercy in India

Shubhangi Agarwalla argues that the death penalty has bureaucratised death and in doing so, relieved individuals of a sense of their own moral responsibility within its delivery. Considering Derrida’s seminal argument on mercy, Indian society must reconsider the pivotal role of mercy within justice, writes Agarwalla.

In India there has recently been such a sustained focus on the right to […]

August 13th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Law|Comments Off on The role of mercy in India|
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    “If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman

“If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman

Preceding an evening of celebrating the life of eminent human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir at LSE, her friend and fellow activist I.A. Rehman discussed his work in Pakistan, the establishment of the HRCP (Human Rights Commission, Pakistan) and Asma’s powerful legacy with Amber Darr.  

AD: How did you begin your human rights journey?

IAR: It started in 1949, when I […]

August 7th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Interviews, Law, Religion, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman|
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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |

Is Sri Lanka missing out on Asia’s digital economy boom?

Although Asia’s digital economy is booming, there is a risk of some countries being left behind. Anishka De Zylva and Ganeshan Wignaraja make the case for why Sri Lanka must invest to benefit from Asia’s rapidly growing digital economy, and delineate a four-pronged approach that the country can follow. 
Asia’s digital economy is booming. By market capitalisation, about one-third of the largest […]

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    Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger

Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger

The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, recently signed the 31st Constitutional Amendment Bill into law, giving a green light to the merger between Pakistan’s Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK). Whilst this has been hailed as a democratic victory, Amber Darr examines the complex legal and political implications of this enactment. 

On 31st May 2018, the President of […]

June 11th, 2018|Featured, History, Law, Politics, Religion, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger|

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