How to Increase “Maximum Pressure” on North Korea By Reconsidering Options at Sea

18 Dec How to Increase “Maximum Pressure” on North Korea By Reconsidering Options at Sea 18.12.18 | [Lieutenant Commander Yusuke Saito is a legal advisor in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and a military professor at Stockton Center of International Law, United States Naval War College. The views expressed in this article are of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the stance of the U.S. Naval War College and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Read More …

The AU Invokes the Doctrine of Specially-Affected States in Chagos Island

This article, then, is not simply a critique of the Global North’s self-interested construction of the doctrine of specially-affected states. More fundamentally, it is a cri de cœur to the Global South to resist the Global North’s attempts to conceal the doctrine’s transformative potential. The South has generally been silent about the doctrine of specially-affected states, almost certainly because of the perception – carefully cultivated by the US and Northern scholars – that the doctrine Read More …

Forced Labor Revealed at Xinjiang Camps

Beijing’s approach to its network of “re-education” camps in Xinjiang—which have detained between 800,000 and two million Turkic Muslims—has shifted from outright denial, to claims of improving social stability, employability, and cultural integration for “poverty-ridden” residents, to ultimately providing legal justification and insider footage depicting the camps as “vocational educational centers.” Now, personal accounts, satellite imagery, and official documents reveal that re-education camp detainees are being assigned to newly built factories, either within camp facilities Read More …

Minitrue: Approved Sources on 1989 Spokesman’s Death

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All websites: on the death of Yuan Mu, only republish information from authoritative media such as Xinhua and People’s Daily. Delete all other information without exception, and remove harmful messages. (December 17, 2018) [Chinese] Former State Council spokesman Yuan Mu, who notoriously downplayed casualties from Read More …

Switzerland Rejects a Popular Initiative ‘Against Foreign Judges’

17 Dec Switzerland Rejects a Popular Initiative ‘Against Foreign Judges’ 17.12.18 | [Constance Kaempfer is writing a PhD on the role of subnational parliaments in implementing international obligations. Sophie Thirion conducts PhD research on trade measures in multilateral environmental agreements. Evelyne Schmid is an associate professor of public international law (http://www.ius-gentium.ch). All three authors are based at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.]  On 25 November 2018, the Swiss population and the cantons voted on a popular Read More …