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  • In a blog for the Security Sector Reform Resource Centre, author Danny Singh identifies the underlying conditions of the Afghan state from the outset of the late 2001 Bonn political arrangement that has resulted in deep-rooted corrupt clientelistic networks within the Afghan government. This has trickled to the majority of the ministries including the Interior Ministry. Corruption is systemic...

  • A new report from Open Society Foundations and the Legal Aid Reformers Network analyzes the actual level of observance of procedural safeguards for persons apprehended (detained) by law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, and assesses what happens to the apprehended person after the moment apprehension when the risks of violations of their rights and freedoms are highest.

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  • Refugee law has an infamous built-in dichotomy. Its powerful non-refoulement principle means refugees shall not be returned to their home countries or to places where they would be at risk of being returned home. Yet, refugee law does not oblige securing safe direct access from a refugee’s country of origin or transit to a state of asylum. The fragmented response to the large-scale...

  • The University of Wales Press has launched a new series, International Law. The series aim is to capture dynamic and cutting-edge research in the burgeoning field of international law, with a strong focus on legal theory in international law. Proposals are welcome from any broadly defined sub-field of international law.

    Learn more about the series here.

  • A recent article in Stability: International Journal of Security and Development considers what demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR) programs might learn from research on gangs and the problems associated with government-instituted ‘wars on gangs’ putatively aimed at reducing or fighting gang-related violence. Authors Dennis Rodgers and Steffen Jensen begin by considering...

  • The Partnership for Health in the Criminal Justice System is a first-of-its-kind platform for information dissemination, networking and good practice sharing in the area of prison health. It covers prison health information in the fields of: human rights and medical ethics, communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, risk factors and prison health management.

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  • Development researchers, governance specialists, security and international relations analysts are cartographers of the modern world. Their job is to untangle the tangled, yet in doing so they all too often make flat all that is high and rolling. A recent paper from the Institute of Development Studies considers one particular piece of map-making: the interface between security and development...

  • A report from GSDRC identifies empirical evidence on the outcomes of security and justice (S&J) interventions, and provides a visual overview of its findings in an evidence gap map. To conduct the review, selected sources – including journal indices, online research and evaluation repositories, resource centres and experts – were interrogated. Studies that explored interventions and...

  • A recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) summarizes the "strategies that lead to innovation as a series of Cs: culture change; clarifying focus; creating professional capacity; collaboration and co-operation; communication technologies and platforms; and change agents." Author David Istance emphasizes the importance of design, and for that read "...

  • Authored by Professor Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, "Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice" is the first course book of its kind on anti-corruption. It is a comprehensive account of the historical, social, economic and political dimensions of corruption and compares the US, UK and Canadian Anti-Corruption regimes. The book is...

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