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Upholding the Human Right to Food in the Face of Agro-Biofuel Technology

Author: Attila H Rezaie Abstract For centuries, fossil fuels have monopolized the energy market. Seeking greener, renewable energy sources, nations have recently turned to agro-biofuels. This article will focus on first generation agro-biofuel technology, and argue that this technology undermines… Continue Reading →

Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Artistic Expressions: “Localizing” Intellectual Property Rights and UNESCO Claims

Author: Eleni Polymenopoulou Abstract This article examines the protection of indigenous peoples’ intangible heritage at the international level by addressing the problem of appropriation and commodification of traditional and artistic cultural expressions (TCEs) through the multiplicity of existing international legal… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Sovereignty of Human Rights

Patrick Macklem, The Sovereignty of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 259 pages. Author: Umut Özsu Excerpt A great deal of ink has been spilled over the years about sovereignty and human rights. Both concepts have long pedigrees, and both have… Continue Reading →

Troubling Waters: Recent Developments in Canada on International Law and the Right to Water and Sanitation

Author: Karen Busby Abstract In less than a decade, Canada has moved from resisting the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation in international law to explicitly recognizing the right. This paper reviews how Canada and, tangentially, other countries,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Twilight of Human Rights Law

Eric A. Posner, The Twilight of Human Rights Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 185 pages. Author: David Hughes Excerpt Late in 2014, Egyptian officials appeared before the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva to participate in a Periodic… Continue Reading →

Conscientious Objection to Creating Same-Sex Unions: An International Analysis

Authors: Bruce MacDougall, Elsje Bonthuys, Kenneth McK. Norrie & Marjolein van den Brink Abstract In jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriages and unions, the question arises as to the extent to which civic officials who normally preside at such unions can… Continue Reading →

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