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.

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

In addition to the threat of populism, human rights face another distinct, yet related phenomenon: the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. This refers to a global pattern of repression against civil society organizations whereby governments utilize different methods to shrink the civic space, which is also what makes it so difficult to define and thus, combat. 

The gap between discourse and practice for drug policy reform in Latin America

The gap between discourse and practice for drug policy reform in Latin America

The drug policy reform movement, albeit with its internal diversity, has one main premise: prohibition of drugs has failed to achieve its goal of reducing both demand and supply for illicit substances. And that failure has come at a painful cost, with massive negative consequences to the poor and vulnerable, by creating an illicit market and fueling organized crime.

Global Conversations

Global Conversations

In times of an upside down world, achieving global conversations is an urgent challenge. For this, the North and South should talk about their demonstrations against extractive industries. This is suddently a new opportunity to build a global united front for a new world in which other forms of life are included.

International order threatened

International order threatened

The first few months of the new US government have produced commotion in the world. The worst version of Trump’s campaign advertisements quickly became true through his executive orders, the selection of his administration, clashes with governments of other countries - including his outrageous position against Mexico - and its governance, which reproduces the bullying and lack of democratic decency that characterized his campaign.