Cornell Law School Logo - white on transparent background

Category: Uncategorized

Black Lives Matter is a Human Rights Issue

Gerald Lenoir

In 2015, Opal Ayo Tometi, one of the three Black women who co-founded Black Lives Matter (BLM), along with this author, co-authored an article on the Time magazine website titled, “Black Lives Matter is Not a Civil Rights Movement.” In that piece, we argued that the Black Lives Matter Movement has been described as the…

Sep 2023

Corporate Accountability, Extraterritoriality and Child Slavery: Lessons From Nestlé v. Doe

Phillip Alexander

Introduction ‘Human rights are inextricably linked to our shared future and a key element of the just transition to regenerative food systems. By respecting and advancing them in our value chain, we are building a foundation that contributes to a resilient future for our planet and its people.’[1] This is the first statement displayed on…

Jul 2023

Is a Two-Party System Possible in Turkey?: Two-Party System vs. Two-Political Alliance System

Batuhan Ustabulut

Introduction Why and how do two-party systems emerge? Why do some countries prefer to implement two-party systems? The answers to these questions come from the political history of the countries; politics build legal rules just as the latter build the former. This study examines the emergence of two-party systems in Turkey through this lens. Political…

Apr 2023

The Legal Significance of the US Recognition of the Atrocities on the Rohingya as Genocide

Dr. Md. Rizwanul Islam

On March 21, 2022, US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken stated that the US concluded that the crimes perpetrated on the Rohingyas in the Rakhine Province of Myanmar amount to crimes against humanity and genocide. The US has also committed to resettle some (though no number was specified) Rohingya to its own territories. Arguably,…

Jan 2023

New Forum Article

Fu Kwong-or Ricky

Fake News in International Conflicts: A Humanitarian Crisis in the Post-Truth Era

Aug 2022

Prosecute or Protect? International Criminal Responsibility and the Recruitment of Isis Brides

Nathalie M. Greenfield

Isis brides played an integral role in the Isis regime. As such, some domestic courts have begun prosecuting girls, like Linda Wenzel, who travelled to Syria to join Isis. These prosecutions raise the questions: Did girls like Linda travel to Syria of their own volition? Are the girls perpetrators or victims of violence? And who…

Mar 2022

The COVID-19 Pandemic and International Law

Oona A. Hathaway, Preston J. Lim, Alasdair Phillips-Robins & Mark Stevens

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect States’ obligations under international law?  This is a question of not just academic interest but real importance for people’s lives. After all, whether States abide by international law—and whether international law is fit for purpose—is vitally important for everyone from refugees exposed to the virus in unsanitary detention centers…

Mar 2022

COVID-19, Surveillance, and the Border Industrial Complex, Vol. 54

Petra Molnar

Technological experimentation at the border is being given free rein, knit together into what amounts to a tapestry of an increasingly powerful global border industrial complex. This experimentation legitimizes techno-solutionism at the expense of human rights and dignity and has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Powerful actors—often in the private sector—increasingly dictate what…

Oct 2021

Cornell International Law Journal Online

Refugees and the Scope for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination, Vol. 54

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Vaccination programs are regularly celebrated as one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions ever developed. Yet, in a global context characterized by an acute lack of vaccines coupled with unfair distribution, COVID-19 vaccination schemes are controversial. Inaccurate and misleading stories about the vaccines risk becoming a “second pandemic.” However, long before COVID-19,…

Oct 2021

Concluding Comments: Revisiting the Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons, One Year On, Vol. 54

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

Within the context of the 14 Principles and to conclude this symposium, I provide a few reflections below on the greatest human rights challenges faced by migrants, refugees, and the displaced in the last year.  As expected, things have gotten worse, and it will take time to re-establish—or even to establish for the first time—protection…

Oct 2021