Hong Kong U.K. Consulate Staffer Detained in China

Simon Cheng, a 28-year-old employee at the U.K. consulate in Hong Kong, has been confirmed detained in Shenzhen. Cheng was traveling for a meeting in the mainland and failed to return on August 8, when his girlfriend reported him missing and the Hong Kong police launched a “missing person” investigation. Bloomberg News reports on the confirmation of Cheng’s detention, and the political context surrounding it as mass protests over suspended extradition rules and authorities’ response Read More …

Emerging Voices: Now is (not yet) the Winter of our Discontent–The Unfulfilled Promise of Economic and Social Rights in the Fight Against Economic Inequality

Emerging Voices: Now is (not yet) the Winter of our Discontent–The Unfulfilled Promise of Economic and Social Rights in the Fight Against Economic Inequality [Caroline Omari Lichuma is a PhD Candidate at the Georg-August Universität Faculty of Law (at the Chair of Public and International Law) and a Lecturer from Riara Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.] Material inequality or (extreme) economic inequality has been touted as one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Wealth is Read More …

Emerging Voices: What Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal Teaches the ICC About Its Complementarity System.

Emerging Voices: What Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal Teaches the ICC About Its Complementarity System. [Camila Teran is a lawyer with a LLB in Law and a LLM in International Criminal Law, both from the University of Sussex.] The ICC’s current crisis bears witness to the contentious relationship between the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC (OTP) and States. The OTP’s progress is further frustrated by the small window triggering the admissibility phase that would allow the Read More …

Minitrue: Promote the Following Reports on Hong Kong

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. Websites and new media in all regions: gather Xinwen Lianbo’s seven recent reports involving Hong Kong into a special topic, titled: “Important! Xinwen Lianbo reports focus on Hong Kong.” Uniformly promote this special topic with pop-up alerts following this standard language: “Important! Xinwen Lianbo reports Read More …

Who Is Afraid of the Crime of Aggression?

21 Aug Who Is Afraid of the Crime of Aggression? 21.08.19 | I have uploaded a new article on the crime of aggression to SSRN. Here is the abstract: Immediately after the historic adoption of the aggression amendments on 14 December 2017, a number of participants in the negotiations expressed their belief that activating the crime of aggression would help deter states from engaging in the illegal use of force. Unfortunately, the version of the Read More …