Report: Restrictive Laws Are Cracking Down on Global Human Rights Defenders

February 27, 2014

The 2014 annual report from Front Line Defenders cites restrictive legislation as a major concern for global human rights defenders (HRDs). The report highlights many countries around the world that have used legal and regulatory measures to crack down on civil society and HRDs in particular. They also found documented instances of at least 26 HRDs who were killed for their work promoting human rights. According to the report:

Study: FATF Doesn't Do Enough to Evaluate Effectiveness, Monitor Potential Harms

February 18, 2014

A Jan. 30, 2014 study commissioned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found deficiencies in the evaluation process undertaken by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The FATF, a global intergovernmental organization that recommends anti-terrorist financing standards, evaluates government’s compliance with recommendations and publishes their ratings.

Law Review: Transformation of International Law Post 9/11

January 30, 2014

The changes in how lawyers approach the use of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in the post-9/11 landscape are discussed in a January 2014 law review. Naz K. Modirzadeh argues that "folk international law," a "law-like discourse that relies on a confusing and soft admixture of IHL, jus ad bellum, and IHRL" is being increasingly used as framework for the global war on terror. 

STUDY: Talking to the Other Side- Humanitarian negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia

January 9, 2014

Published by the Humanitarian Policy Group in December 2013, Talking to the Other Side –Humanitarian Negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia is an in-depth study that sheds light on dynamics and details of negotiations between aid organizations and Al-Shabaab, primarily between 2008 and the famine of 2011.  It provides historical context to the impossible choices facing aid agencies and details how both Al-Shabaab and the actions of donor governments ex

Vetting in Afghanistan: Issues with the Defense Department, State and USAID

November 14, 2013
Emily Nickles, J.D. Notre Dame Law, working in Washington, DC under Notre Dame's Law’s Public Service Initiative

In order to ensure that Department of Defense (DOD) funds are not awarded to individuals or groups that actively oppose United States (U.S.) and Coalition Forces, Congress included Section 841 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.  Section 841 permits DOD to restrict, terminate for default, or void a DOD grant[1] with a group or individual determined to be “actively supporting an insurgency or otherwise opposing the United States or coalition forces in a contingency operation in the United States Central Command theater o

Report: Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming

October 24, 2013

The Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation published the report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming: Practice and Progress in September 2013.  It draws on the discussions of a symposium sponsored by the Government of Canada in conjunction with the Global Counterterrorism Forum and reviews the conceptual and operational

Study: Host States Key in Protection of Aid Workers

October 3, 2013

Host States and Their Impact on Security for Humanitarian Operations, released by Humanitarian Outcomes, aims to explore why major violence against aid workers is increasingly concentrated in a small number of extremely insecure countries. The findings suggest that attacks on humanitarian aid workers are mainly a symptom of state failure as well as a byproduct of war.