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What if we could fight coronavirus with artificial intelligence? [Science and Technology podcast]

Analytics have changed the way disease outbreaks are tracked and managed, thereby saving lives. The international community is currently focused on the 2019-2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China. Continue reading

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

The IUU Regulation (1005/2008) is the core of EU’s legal framework for action against global IUU fishing. Its primary objective is to prevent, deter and eliminate the trade of IUU-caught products into the EU. One of its key components is a multiple-step procedure for dealing with non-EU countries considered uncooperative in the fight against IUU fishing. Continue reading

Justice against sponsors of terrorism: JASTA and its international impact

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig and Patryk Pawlak, On 27 September 2016, the United States Congress overrode the presidential veto to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the culmination of lengthy efforts to facilitate lawsuits by victims of terrorism against foreign states and officials supporting terrorism. Until JASTA, under the ‘terrorism exception’ in … Continue reading

Refugee status under international law

Written by Ionel Zamfir Over the past few years, the number of migrants requesting international protection has increased exponentially. The Geneva Convention on refugees and its subsequent Protocol entitle refugees to international protection, most importantly to the right not to be returned to their home countries. However, they define refugees in a restrictive manner, thus … Continue reading

Trademark reform package

For more than 15 years there has been a dual system of trademark (TM) law in Europe: an EU-wide Community TM (CTM), and harmonised national TMs. The Commission proposal aims at more harmonisation and coordination, but does not address TM-related concerns over free expression. Background The current EU legal framework on TMs encompasses the TM … Continue reading

Use of armed drones

6 language versions available in PDF format Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen Utilización de aeronaves no tripuladas armadas Utilisation de drones armés L’uso dei droni armati Stosowanie uzbrojonych dronów The use of armed drones Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) – commonly known as drones – are designed for diverse uses: civilian, commercial … Continue reading

The Arms Trade Treaty: ratification and beyond

6 language versions available in PDF format Vertrag über den Waffenhandel: Ratifizierung und weitere Schritte El Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas: su ratificación y más allá Traité sur le commerce des armes: ratification et perspectives Trattato sul commercio di armi: ratifica e passi successivi Traktat o handlu bronią: ratyfikacja i okres po ratyfikacji The … Continue reading

The East China Sea territorial dispute. Senkaku, Diaoyu, or Tiaoyutai Islands?

Japan, China, and Taiwan all lay claim to a group of barren islands and rocks in the East China Sea (ECS). They see strategic and economic advantages in claiming sovereignty over them. Chinese and Taiwanese trawlers and other boats regularly approach the islands, which are under Japan’s control. Taiwan recently tried to alleviate tensions by … Continue reading

Reform of the UN Security Council

The divergent responses of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to the crises in Syria and Libya – a veto on action in the former case contrasted with authorisation for action in the latter – have once again provided a reminder of the power of the UNSC’s veto-wielding permanent members to determine when the UN’s … Continue reading

Witness protection programmes. EU experiences in the international context

Witness testimony has critical value in investigating and prosecuting crime. For this reason many witnesses – in particular those who testify against organised crime – are intimidated and threatened. The state protects witnesses in various ways, sometimes going as far as to relocate them and give them new identity through participation in witness protection programmes … Continue reading

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