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Extensions of Protection to Victims under CEDAW: Winds of change?

Idil Ozcan graduated from Koç University Law School with a double major in Sociology in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she took part in research projects focusing on Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law. She is currently a Master's student in Law at London School of Economics and Political Science

Since its adoption 38 years ago the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has become one of the most widely ratified human rights treaties.

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Why the Security Council Should Not be Involved Regarding Al-Bashir’s Immunity

Dr. Alexandre Skander Galand is a Newton Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University.

In a post published on opinio juris in September 2015, I asked whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) was in need of support to clarify the status of Heads of States’ immunities.

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Right to Individual Petition before UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: the softly-spoken enforcer of human rights treaties?

By Başak Çalı, Alexandre Skander Galand, and Valentina Azarova

Compared to regional human rights courts, the jurisprudence of the UN treaty body committees is not, with some exceptions, very well known to international scholars and students.

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Two paths to Transitional Justice: A comparison of the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee’s approaches to Bosnian Enforced Disappearance Cases

Betül Durmuş;  Ph.D. Candidate, Koç University Law School

Following its independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in March 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina went through three and a half years of armed conflict, which ended with the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in December 1995.

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On the Regulatory Logics of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) on Israeli Settlements

Dr Valentina Azarova is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University.

The US decision not to veto Security Council Resolution 2334 (SCR 2334 or "the Resolution"), adopted on December 23, 2016, as the last political act of the Obama administration on the Israel-Palestine conflict, may have gained more attention than the Resolution itself.

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Internal Relocation Alternative: Where does the Human Rights Committee Stand?

Kübra Berberoğlu, Oxford Human Rights Law Reporter

In its 112th session, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) in 2014, made its internal relocation alternative debut in the case of B.L. v. Australia.

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A Case to Remember: Abdelmalek v. Algeria before the Committee against Torture

Seçil Bilgiç, Oxford UN Human Rights Bodies Reporter; Senior Law student at Koc University, Double Major with International Relations

Since it ratified the Convention Against Torture in 1989, Algeria appeared five times before the Committee (CAT) established therein. Among these five, Abdelmalek v. Algeria is a case to remember.

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The Swiss cases before the 53rd Session of the UN Committee against Torture and their Contributions to the Interpretation of the Principle of Non-Refoulement

Mine Orer, Legal Intern, Koç University Law School Alumnus, and Oxford UN Human Rights Bodies Reporter

The advent of individuals forced to flee their homes has become one of the biggest human rights crises in modern history. According to most recent data from UNHCR, a total of 65.3 million people are currently forcibly displaced worldwide and nearly 34,000 continue to be internally displaced every day due to conflict or persecution.

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Making Libya an ICC Priority Situation: Fake Promises to a Difficult Customer?

Dr. Alexandre Skander Galand is a Newton Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University.

Exactly one week before the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was before the Security Council (SC) presenting her Twelfth report on the situation in Libya pursuant to resolution 1970 (.pdf). As the ASP’s 2016 

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Contending with the Limits of Extraterritorial Regulation of Transnational Corporate Wrongs

Dr Valentina Azarova is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University, where she researches peer enforcement and internalisation of international law by domestic orders. She is also Legal Adviser to the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), a collective working to challenge transnational activities that contribute to rights abuses.

In the wake of the 5th UN Business and Human Rights Forum, which took place in Geneva last week, a reflection on the efforts to implement the business and human rights (BHR) framework in international law seems in order. In particular, this post addresses the as yet underwhelming efforts of home-states to regulate overseas business, which contribute to some of the most egregious human rights violations and perpetuate a North-South dynamic of exploitation.

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What is the domain of global public law as a field of inquiry?

Başak Çalı

Global public law is an emerging field of research and practice. Its also a contested one. To define the research agenda for the Center for Global Public Law we must first understand how global public law as a field of inquiry is impacted by both how it has emerged and how it is contested.

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Solar Geo-Engineering and International Law: An Odd Couple?

Başak Çalı

In the aftermath of the U.N. climate conference (COP21) held in Paris in November, our planet is looking for concrete results in hesitant hopes. The gap between the pledges states are making to cut carbon emissions and those that scientists say are needed to maintain the increase in the average global temperature below 1.5–2 degrees Celsius is significant. At this stage, it seems simple.

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A Scrutiny of Algeria’s Responses to Individual Petitions before the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Seçil Bilgiç, Oxford UN Human Rights Bodies Reporter; Senior Law student at Koc University, Double Major with International Relations

The clash between Algeria and the United Nations Human Rights Committee (hereinafter “HRC”) regarding the former’s domestic law titled Ordinance No. 06-01 enacting the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation is becoming more and more acute as the violation decisions by the HRC concerning Ordinance No 06-01 are piling up.

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Europe: a Friend or a Foe of Global Public Law?

Blog post written by Başak Çalı and Alexandre Skander Galand

The second annual colloquium of the Center for Global Public Law held in May 2016 focussed on a timely question: Europe: A friend or a foe of Global Public Law?

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The Situation Concerning the Mavi Marmara at the ICC: What Would be the Next Move for the ICC Prosecutor?

Alexandre Skander Galand

In early summer 2010, around fifty people were seriously injured and ten Turkish nationals died on a vessel part of the ‘Freedom Flotilla’: the Mavi Marmara ship.  The incident saw the establishment of a  UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission, a

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The Strasbourg Court Destroys ‘in part’ The Hague’s Case Law on Genocide

Alexandre Skander Galand

I am extremely happy to join the Center for Global Public Law and would like to begin my journey at Koç Law School with a (rather long) blog post on one of the most controversial topics of international criminal law: the ‘crime of crimes’, the ‘ultimate crime’, that is the crime of genocide.

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Compatibility with the object & purpose test and Turkey’s reservations to international human rights instruments

Zeynep Elibol [Research Assistant, Koç University Law School, PhD Candidate in International Law, Istanbul University]

In both cycles of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Turkey rejected all recommendations that asked for withdrawal of  her reservations to “the core International Human Rights Instruments”.

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"Is there a Global Public Law?” - Reflections on the Launch of the CGPL Colloquium Series

Richard Bellamy (left) and Mattias Kumm at Koç University after debating "Is there Global Public Law?"

A guest post by Sinja Graf reflecting on the launch of the Center for Global Public Law colloquium series.

‘Is there a Global Public Law?” was the question that launched Koç University's Center for Global Public Law’s inaugural colloquium.

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