• Antonio Cassese Summer School: applications now open!

    The 2014 Antonio Cassese Summer School offers an intensive course on transitional justice principles and processes, with a special focus on post-conflict situations. Based on both scholarly and practitioner expertise across a range of areas (including human rights, international criminal law, security reform, legal philosophy, gender politics) and country situations, the programme combines a general course on transitional justice with complementary topic-specific lectures. The general course will be delivered by leading transitional justice scholar Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of law at the University of California. (download flyer)

  • Proposed Revision of the Millennium Development Goals Human Rights and Gender Inequality  Alicia Evangelides and Jesse Shaw

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a global development framework commissioned by the United Nations General Assembly as a plan for implementing the Millennium Declaration. The content of these goals stems from the Millennium Declaration, the International Development Goals, and major international development organizations. The framework consists of eight goals and 18 targets, which are to be achieved by 2015. While progress has been made towards these goals, many of them will not be met by the target date.

    To read more about the recommendations proposed by the authors for revising specific goals and targets of the MDGs, click here.


  • The Third Letter from the Antonio Cassese Initiative (October 2013, issue no. 3)

    Meandering of the Human Rights Idea

    Professor Christian Tomuschat

    The original concept of human rights as embodied in the seminal instruments of the end of the 18th century was fairly simple. Societies that had been suffering for long periods of time from oppression by their governments claimed basic freedoms vis-à-vis those governments. Respect for human life, freedom from arrest and detention as well as freedom of speech constituted the hard core of their demands....   

    To continue reading the third Antonio Cassese Initiative letter in pdf, click here.
    Photograph obtained on 3 October 2013 from the website of the United Nations AUdiovisual Library of International Law, located at http://www.un.org/law/avl


  • On Genocide – What We Shall Never Forget

    It is wrong to think that we face genocide only when thousands of people are being killed, massacred, or starved because they belong to a national, religious, racial or ethnic group. Genocide is committed with the first killing, the first infliction of serious bodily or mental harm, the first infliction of conditions of life calculated to bring about the destruction of a group, the first measure intended to prevent births within a group, the first forcible transfer of a child of a group to another group, whenever any one of these very first acts is carried out with genocidal intent.

    We shall never forget what the crime of genocide is. We shall never wait for the commission of mass killings and heinous mass atrocities against a protected group before we speak of genocide. This is the lesson that perhaps we have not yet learnt.We shall never forget what the crime of genocide actually is if we want to put in place appropriate preventive strategies and if we want to act on time, before the genocidal design is accomplished and it is too late.  

    Watch The Genocide Word by Rapahel Lemkin 

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