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  • A new article examines the impact of new technology and a new generation of police officers on existing police culture. Police Leadership Challenges in a Changing World argues that these "contemporary employees" present not only leadership challenges, but significant opportunities, as they bring demographically unique attributes to law enforcement that may help it align better with community...

  • Open Society Foundations' (OSF) Public Health Program has produced a reference brief that aims to clarify terms and illustrate examples of alternatives to the use of criminal law as a response to sex work. Understanding the range of legislative and policy options for responding to sex work is critical to establishing policies consistent with respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the human...

  • A global report just released has called for the removal of all discriminatory and punitive laws, policies, and state practices that are helping to fuel the global HIV epidemic. The final report of the UNDP-led Global Commission on HIV and the Law, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health, has found that national and international legal frameworks across the world are "creating and punishing...

  • Afghanistan: Canada and Japan have pledged matching commitments of $3.5 million and are working on a joint plan to assist Afghanistan’s counter-narcotics efforts.

    El Salvador: The OAS is supporting processes to halt gang violence in El Salvador. Secretary General Insulza met with President Funes, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, the President of the Legislative Assembly, and...

  • The Human Rights Council held general debates on human rights bodies, mechanisms, and on Universal Periodic Review on the 29th of June 2012. During the debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, delegations recognized the important contribution that Special Procedures made to the promotion and protection of human rights and the fulfillment of States’ human rights commitments. Some speakers...

  • The United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 2–27 July 2012 to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations (UN). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Diplomatic Conference on the ATT on 3 July 2012. In his opening remarks to...

  • The ICRC Commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions date back to the 1950s and those on the 1977 Additional Protocols were subsequently developed in the 1980s. Since the original Commentaries were published, the Conventions and Protocols have been put to the test. Practice with respect to their application and interpretation has grown significantly. In order to capture these developments, a...

  • The rule of law is key to the implementation of the ‘responsibility to protect’ principle, often referred to as R2P, and the prevention of atrocities, a United Nations senior legal official has stated. “R2P represents an important commitment by the international community to protect populations from egregious crimes,” the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien, said at a...

  • Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. The case is linked to ongoing violence in Eastern Congo which has recently flared up again. In March, Lubanga became the first person to be convicted by the ICC since it was set up 10 years ago. The Coalition for the International Criminal Court ...

  • Innovating Justice published the following blog, Good Business Models for Paralegal Programmes:

    Paralegals fix problems between husbands and wives, between neighbours, or between people with conflicting claims on land. Living in the same communities where most legal problems occur, they can operate at low cost and extend the reach of the justice system.

    At the Innovating...

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