On 4th April 2017, the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria was hit by a monstrous chemical attack. At least 70 people, including civilians and medical aid workers, were killed and over 550 men, women and children have been injured making it the deadliest chemical attack since 2013, which occurred just outside Damascus. According to […]

The usefulness of universality in Somali piracy: application to other transnational crimes

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalis between 2007 and 2011 presented countless challenges to the international community, one of which was defining jurisdiction to enable intervening states to attempt prosecution. First, maritime piracy, defined in Article 101 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), can be summarised as acts […]

The Rise and Fall of Normative Europe

Over the last 12 months, the European Union (EU) has experienced dramatic blows to its vision of an integrated Europe. Compared to Brexit and the Eurozone crisis, the increasing failure of the EU’s common asylum policy could be easily overlooked. However, the loss of one of the key elements of “normative Europe” will have significant […]

Illiberal States: Eastern Europe’s Radical Right

Snaking along the Hungarian border, heavily guarded and barbed, is a fence. A stark reminder of not only the physical boundaries of Hungary, but also of its failure to protect the rights of individuals and the strength of legal processes. Unleashed police dogs and assaults by canisters of tear gas and fire hoses are not uncommon, and […]