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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.


African Union Requests Security Council to Defer Cases of Kenyatta and Ruto

On Saturday 12th October, the African Union held an extraordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to consider Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court. The outcome of that debate was a request from the African Union to the Security Council to defer the cases of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto

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2014 Election Proves Critical for Indonesia’s Developing Democracy

The big watchword for the upcoming Indonesian legislative and presidential elections in 2014 is golput. Golput, which has its history in the New Order regime, is perhaps best understood as a form of protest vote against the current political establishment. It tends to take the form of low voter turnout or intentional non-marking of the ballot to invalidate it.

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Sovereignty, Syria and Slicing Through the Double Think

Human rights are universal, but they are yet to be universalised. Transparent sovereignty is the answer. Whilst being a legalistic term that tends to evoke groans, apprehensive of impending, inevitable boredom, the word ‘sovereignty’ is central to any debate on whether humanitarian intervention in the internal affairs of a State is appropriate or justifiable.

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