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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 →

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 →

Cultural Restoration in International Law: Pathways to Indigenous Self-Determination

Author: Jeff Corntassel Abstract How are land-based and water-based cultural harms addressed and remedied for Indigenous peoples? Under existing international legal norms, states and other non-state entities have a duty to provide redress for the harms of colonialism and occupation,… Continue Reading →

Membership and the UN Human Rights Council

Author: Conall Mallory Abstract Established in March 2006 to directly replace the discredited Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Council carries the heavy burden of restoring credibility in the United Nations principal human rights institution. This article examines one… Continue Reading →

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