Trump, Whistle-blowing and a Lesson in Medieval History

By Jing-Zhi Wong Under the US Obama Administration, whistle-blower protections and rewards inflated substantially under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.[1] The Act provides anti-retaliation protection and certain monetary rewards payable to eligible whistle-blowers who voluntarily provide original information that leads to successful prosecutions of over $1 million.[2] This has led to several payouts in recent years in excess […]

Sea Shepherd – Defenders of International Law?

By Evie Ward Sea Shepherd is a non-profit conservation organisation known throughout the world for their hands-on and sometimes violent approach to the protection of ocean habitats and the creatures within.  While they have missions to defend all ocean creatures great and small, it is not Operation Krill putting them in the news. Causing all […]

The One That Lasted 100 Hours

The legality of war is tricky business. Given the number of potential hotspots erupting (I’m looking at you North Korea), it might be a good time to look back to when it was last done well: the Iraq war. Not that Iraq war, the one before that- the Persian Gulf War of 1991. On August […]

West Papua: Postcolonial Colonialism?

Comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, West Papua is a province on Indonesia’s far eastern frontier that has been in constant turmoil since Indonesian independence from the Netherlands. Having many of the same ingredients needed for a replay of Timor-Leste, it isn’t hard to see why comparisons have been drawn between […]