Playing the Trump Card: International Law Ramifications of the US Executive Order

When Trump said in his election campaign that he’d build a wall between the USA and Mexico, the world laughed. When he said he’d ban all Muslims from entering America, the world didn’t even think he’d be elected, let alone implement such a contentious policy. I think it’s fairly safe to say that most people…

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Le Pen’s Quest to Restore Sovereignty to France

In a matter of weeks, the people of France will head to the polling booths to elect the new President of the French Republic. The most talked about candidate in the lead-up to the election has been no other than Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Front National party. What do you need…

THE PHANTOM MENACE: THE CHANGING ROLE OF CIVILIANS IN INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICTS

  In February 2014, heavily armed, professional, and anonymous ‘little green men’ appeared in Crimea. On 4 March 2014, President Putin of the Russian Federation was asked if these men were Russian soldiers; his reply was that “[t]hose were local self-defense units,” whilst later admitting these were Russian military forces. In August 2014, the NATO…

In the sledge tracks of Amundsen

14th December is an important date for many reasons. According to Wikipedia, Constantinople was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 557, while closer to home, the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909 (NSW) transferred the Australian Capital Territory from New South Wales to the Commonwealth. However, for polar observers, 14th December 1911 marks the…