Children first?

Children first?

Our rulers and politicians have accustomed us to speeches where they say that boys and girls are at the center of their governments and policies, but the reality is different. That is why it is time to put children in the center of the state and not at the margin where they have always been.

Rights Without Borders

Rights Without Borders

The tragedy of forced displacement violates the fundamental rights of those who must abandon their families, their homes and their jobs in order to survive. It is imperative that recipient countries have policies that guarantee the life, integrity and, family reunification of those who are victims of forced displacement. 

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

In Latin America, gentrification processes affecting social and cultural rights of economically vulnerable populations are becoming more common. In light of these scenarios, there is a clear need to demand the state to carry out urban transformations at the same time it protects memory, cultural expressions, and other elements that characterize our neighborhood. 

Payments for environmental services: a conservation tool or nature’s commodification?

Payments for environmental services: a conservation tool or nature’s commodification?

Clean air, fresh water, food production, climate regulation, biodiversity protection and carbon storage are just a few of the ecological benefits we receive from nature. Should we pay for those services? How do we value them? Should we pay for the fact of preserving or because it helps humans?

Innovative approaches to the drug problem and imprisonment

Innovative approaches to the drug problem and imprisonment

The experiences of Uruguay, Costa Rica and Ecuador show that it is possible and useful to apply innovative approaches to drug-related incarceration. However, they also highlight the limits of these programs and their failure to prevent further criminal activity. 

For a stable peace, a sensible opposition

For a stable peace, a sensible opposition

One of the most difficult wounds to heal from the armed conflict is closely related to the democratic debate. In the post-conflict period, democracies tend to be at their weakest point. Hence why a sensible dialogue between political forces is a condition for the prosperity of peace.

Access to ICTs: Is it just about giving “power to the people”?

Access to ICTs: Is it just about giving “power to the people”?

Citizens’ enfranchisement is not the only empowerment that will come alongside universalized access to information technology. Indeed, total connectivity will also empower data collectors. But as the digital divide has not yet been closed, there is still time to look for tools to cope with the informatics power that governments and Internet platforms will be able to acquire.

The Alien Tort Statute’s Stakes for Property

The Alien Tort Statute’s Stakes for Property

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC will determine whether or not the ATS may be used in cases against corporations, carrying implications for actors working on corporate liability issues across the globe.