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Global Governance and Human Rights

Team Leader: Michelle McKenna – Senior Fellow

Our research on global governance maintains a strong legal perspective in analysing major issues in international law, intergovernmental institutions and the International Criminal Court.

 

South Africa’s Election: A Wake-up Call for the ANC?

Twenty years ago, in April 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections after forty years of apartheid. Decades of segregation, injustice and suppression came to an end as the rainbow nation was born under the leadership of Nelson Mandela. South Africa was set on the right path, but equal rights were merely the foundation - not a guarantor - for equal economic opportunities.

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The Venezuelan Political Culture and its Incompatibility with the Rule of Law

Since February this year, Venezuela has been in an extreme state of upheaval. Even for a country like Venezuela with extreme polarization and lively political debate, riots of this magnitude are uncommon. What started as a demonstration by a group of students in the south-west of the country claiming for more security at universities, has transformed into the worst political violence the country has experienced in more than twenty years.

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Perfidious Putin and the R2P Straw Man

As declared by Russia Today, Russian troops were deployed to Crimea ‘only to protect human rights’. The Crimean issue unfolding at present was compared to the secession of Kosovo, and daring to deny the illusory similarities between these two wildly different conflicts is described as ‘rewriting the rulebook’ on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine.

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