International law

Of Statelessness, Detention Camps and Deportations: India and the “National Register of Citizens” in Assam

The legal process relating to a citizenship register in the state of Assam in India is violative of multiple human rights obligations. With the deadline of 31 July 2019 looming large, I look at the flaws in the process and international law obligations.

Enforced Disappearances: A Global Scourge, Increasingly Under the Radar

With the disappearances of Jamal Khashoggi, the head of Interpol in China, and thousands of others across the globe, I look at ‘short-term’ disappearances and the legal interpretation catching up to this increasingly prevalent phenomenon.

“Surgical Strikes” Redux?: Ratcheting Tensions in South Asia

A brief post for Opinio Juris, within a few hours of the Indian air strike on JeM camps in Pakistan. A brief assessment of the Indian Foreign Secretarys statement - with a more detailed international law analysis to follow subsequently…

“Comfort Women”, the “Birangona” and historical war time sexual violence: Ignoring wounds of the past?

“Comfort Women”, the “Birangona” and historical war time sexual violence: Ignoring wounds of the past?

I attended the opening of the exhibition on Women & War at the Ayala Museum in the Philippines. Hearing a Lola - or grandmother who survived the ordeal of being a “Comfort Woman” - made me think of this issue more, and also look into the often forgotten '“Birangona” of Bangladesh. What hope for justice and redress?

Amnesties: Three Disparate Contexts, Similar Goals?

Amnesties: Three Disparate Contexts, Similar Goals?

Discussions relating to amnesties in the Central African Republic, Venezuela and Guatemala in the past week compelled me to look at these different contexts and to address questions relating to the feasibility and legality of amnesty laws.

Taking Statelessness Seriously: Linkages to Mass Atrocities?

My post on statelessness & the legal linkages to mass atrocities - an overlooked connection perhaps? Drawing from the Myanmar FFM report, a few preliminary thoughts and areas for future exploration...

Comment on “Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law”

As part of a book symposium for Opinio Juris, I comment on “Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law” by Kubo Mačák. The book is an insightful analysis of the tipping point at which non-international armed conflict (NIAC) may be ‘internationalized’ and considered an international armed conflict (IAC). I had a few thoughts, relating specifically to conflict in South Asia, and to the ‘humanization’ of international law.

Women in International Law: A Vanishing Act?

Women in International Law: A Vanishing Act?

A few thoughts on gender diversity in international law, sparked by the nominations for the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT). I assess International courts, UN treaty bodies and mandate holders. The results are not pretty!

Human rights impact assessment in Myanmar: Facebook’s anodyne report

Facebook’s report on its activities in Myanmar is anodyne and does not address important questions raised by the UN FFM. I raise a few points after reading the report, which are worth exploring further.