Tag Archive for: "United Nations"
When may states use force?

The missile strikes against Syrian military installations that the United States, the United Kingdom and France recently carried out, in response to the government’s apparent use of chemical weapons in the rebel-held town of Douma, …

Australia on the Human Rights Council

Australia will have to respond to a formal complaint at the United Nations that procedures followed by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) breached obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. …

The landmine ban, 20 years on

The landmark Ottawa Convention, also known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty, is 20 years old this year, more or less. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 8 September 1997, opened for …

Revolt of the plebs

Like the uprising of the ‘deplorables’ against globalisation that accounts for Donald Trump’s election and Brexit, are ‘peasant states’ now rebelling against the geopolitical heavyweights? The former dominate the 193-member UN General Assembly (UNGA), while …

Nuclear norms and the UN ban treaty

On 7 July, 122 states voted to adopt a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It articulates the world’s collective revulsion at the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, under any …