Category Archives: International Law and Human Rights

The Influence of Strongman Aleksander Vucic

Authors: Gigi Manukyan, November 2020

“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the world and governments struggle to keep up with its destructive effects, the Iron Curtain’s faulty experimentation with democracy finds itself exposed. As turmoil flames through the Balkans, old unresolved conflicts continue to emerge—and this time, unlike in the 1990s, the West is nowhere to be found. But the question remains: is the region once again headed for war?”
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Making Over the Moudawana: Legal Reform and Women’s Rights in Morocco

Author: Alonna Despain, November 2020.

“Looking at Morocco as a case study helps illuminate a clear example of Islam as a progressive and adaptive line of thought, which is more than capable of egalitarian interpretations. Furthermore, this case has the possibility of being a model for other countries and situations moving forward on making more inclusive reforms and progression towards gender equality.”
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Water, Women and El Salvador: The Struggle and How to Help

Author: Jessica Lobo, May 2020.

“Salvadorans have created a General Water Law that would include a legal provision of the Human Right to Water in their constitution. This law explicitly acknowledges the gendered aspect of water and calls for open participation (Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador). Nonetheless, there is still a long way to go for women, water, and water management in El Salvador. The law has yet to be ratified by the Salvadoran government, and therefore, issues between women and water persist despite an awareness of the issue (Gies).”

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Citizenship Stripping as a Counter-Terrorism Tool and its Consequences in the United Kingdom

Author: Makenzi Taylor, February 2020.

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“Rendering individuals stateless and revoking citizenship is not a new phenomenon, but the UK has revived a trend from the past: stripping returning foreign fighters of their citizenship, leaving some of them abandoned and stateless.”

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Attacks on Education: Approaches to improving safe access to education and the psychosocial well-being of children in Syria

Author: Julie Meier, October 2019.

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“While schools are meant to be safe learning spaces, the right to education is often compromised during times of conflict (“What Schools Can Do” 3). In Syria, attacks on education not only prevent children from receiving the education to which they are entitled, but such attacks also severely affect their psychosocial well-being.”

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No Paradise for Refugees in the Caribbean: The Challenges Faced by Venezuelan Refugees in Trinidad and Tobago

Author: Milene Carvalho, 2019.


“Trinidad and Tobago, located by just 6.8 miles (11km) from the Venezuelan coast, has received the highest number of refugees in the region, with approximately 60,000 Venezuelans reaching the country of 1.3 million people (Otis). Despite the high number of arrivals, Trinidad and Tobago has been failing to provide legal protection to Venezuelans, leaving them in a legal limbo and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse…”
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Sex Education as a Human Right and How United States Law Is Denying its Citizens

Author: Caro Confort, 2019.


“Currently in the United States, legislation concerning sex education in schools is created at the state level, rather than federal. This means that there are no laws creating a nation-wide standard with which all sex education curricula must be held. As a result, sex education in the US is incredibly problematic and must be critically evaluated.”
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