Law & Politics

Sexual Violence and War: Congo’s Contemporary Cross

Sexual Violence and War: Congo’s Contemporary Cross

Yvonne TesireJan 30, 202318 min read
A dark history of sexual terrorism has plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo. Being described as the rape capital of the world, the looming threat of sexual violence has tormented and destroyed communities in this region for decades. The issue of sexual violence has transcended the realm of private conversations, especially as the question becomes […]
Offshore Financial Centres: Globalisation’s Open Secret 

Offshore Financial Centres: Globalisation’s Open Secret 

Yuriy BedenkoJan 16, 202312 min read
The 21st century will be marked as an era of unprecedented global integration. In fact, the economies of most nations are so interconnected that nowadays the notion of autarky seems idealistic and perhaps even laughable. Globalisation is nonetheless a polarising issue, the pros and cons of which have been thoroughly discussed in textbooks, and perhaps […]
One Eastern European’s Perspective on the War in Ukraine

One Eastern European’s Perspective on the War in Ukraine

Luben RoussevJan 10, 202320 min read
I seek to add my Eastern European perspective on the War in Ukraine. I explore the innate East/West struggle in Eastern Europe, and warn against blaming our democratic choices for the conflict which began after one regime ordered it.
Washed Away: Pakistan’s struggle against the floodwaters

Washed Away: Pakistan’s struggle against the floodwaters

Simrin RahmanNov 29, 202222 min read
Climate change has found its latest victim in Pakistan. The price paid for the damage is reaching new heights as families lose loved ones, livelihoods and land in one fell swoop. How much must be lost for us to take climate change seriously?
Japan’s Silent Crisis

Japan’s Silent Crisis

Yuriy Bedenko & Aijun HallNov 16, 20226 min read
Japan is facing a silent crisis, the consequences of which hold far more vocal outcomes and may be spreading across borders
Russo-Ukrainian War: Where It Began And Why That Matters

Russo-Ukrainian War: Where It Began And Why That Matters

Arthur Ddamulira Nov 3, 20228 min read
24th February 2022 is a date that will forever live in infamy. Days after recognising the independence of Ukraine’s border regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, Russia authorised a full scale ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. This ‘operation’ has been widely – and rightly – condemned for violating multiple codes on which the international political and […]
Modernizing Congress: How Small Steps Toward Effective Government May Be the Solution to America’s Political Divide

Modernizing Congress: How Small Steps Toward Effective Government May Be the Solution to America’s Political Divide

Emma StroupeOct 25, 20229 min read
In a country that feels more divided with each passing day, The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is pushing the boundaries of bipartisanship. Established in 2019 by Speaker of the House Pelosi, the House Committee on Modernization is tasked with “investigating, studying, making findings, holding public hearings, and developing recommendations to make […]
The Digital Markets Act: How (Not) to Regulate Big Tech 

The Digital Markets Act: How (Not) to Regulate Big Tech 

Ishmael LiwandaOct 17, 202224 min read
Congressional hearings, a plethora of regulatory investigations, multi-billion dollar fines and the seemingly endless stream of exposés on how online platforms negatively impact our global polity. It seems like the jig is up for Big Tech.
The Circle in South Africa

The Circle in South Africa

Luben RoussevNov 27, 202114 min read
History repeats itself, but why? This article evaluates how British Concentration Camps in the Second Boer War instigated a cycle of brutality and segregation in South Africa, from Apartheid and persisting even today.
Cyberspace, an Extension of our Society

Cyberspace, an Extension of our Society

Rayhan BrigemohaneNov 24, 20216 min read
The cyber world is a replica of the real world. Shielded by anonymity and other online perks, humans become hyperactive dots, free of real-life restrictions. Contrary to our previous belief of absolute freedom, we are ultimately constrained by cyber laws.
Without a Nation: The Pandemic and the Displaced

Without a Nation: The Pandemic and the Displaced

Grace SaadNov 24, 20217 min read
The pandemic has brought about its own slew of hardships that have made the world’s inequalities all the more apparent. Those who need the most are left empty handed as the world becomes hardened new hardships and turmoil in an amalgamation of crises.
Charter Cities: An Introduction to Entrepreneurial Governance

Charter Cities: An Introduction to Entrepreneurial Governance

Ishmael LiwandaOct 11, 202114 min read
Charter cities—special zones where nations experiment with new governance systems—have been promoted by economists as a way of democratising development and economic growth. But are they just another fad or a useful tool in the fight against poverty?
Their biggest threat, our greatest weapon: African leaders respond to social media activism

Their biggest threat, our greatest weapon: African leaders respond to social media activism

Chiyedza ZunzanyikaSep 13, 202113 min read
A little insight into how social media is playing a consequential role in African politics, and a brief study of the potential of technology and a technological boom on the continent.
Abandoning Bulgaria

Abandoning Bulgaria

Luben RoussevAug 27, 202117 min read
The tragic story of the leader of Bulgaria’s early opposition to communism, Nikola Petkov, illuminates how liberal democracies must conduct their foreign policy. They have a duty to liberate, as authoritarian states are not autonomous, only their dictator is.
Algorithms and Judicial Decision-Making

Algorithms and Judicial Decision-Making

Alma MidaniAug 17, 20217 min read
In an age where algorithms can serve justice, should humans pull the plug on the idea of AI-based law enforcement?
The Dictatorship after Socialism: Exploring Chilean Politics and Society through Film

The Dictatorship after Socialism: Exploring Chilean Politics and Society through Film

Eric BalonwuAug 3, 202115 min read
To understand recent protests in Chile, it is imperative that we explore Chile’s rich political past and social divisions, which remains relevant for Chilean politics today.
Can an unjust law be law? An Introduction to the Radbruch formula—And why it matters

Can an unjust law be law? An Introduction to the Radbruch formula—And why it matters

Ishmael LiwandaJul 1, 202116 min read
Law is a unique product of humanity. It commands a peculiar, overriding form of authority, and can be used to protect minorities but also for unjust purposes. But what happens when law is used to facilitate gross injustice, would those ‘laws’ still be laws?
Deepfakes and Their Relationship With Law and Politics

Deepfakes and Their Relationship With Law and Politics

Lisa OnyekaMar 16, 202112 min read
As deepfakes increase in prominence so too will their capacity to wreak havoc, particularly on political institutions. As such, governments must react to this growing threat in a timely fashion.
A Look into COVID-19 Vaccine Access for the World’s 80 Million Forcibly Displaced People

A Look into COVID-19 Vaccine Access for the World’s 80 Million Forcibly Displaced People

Kynza KhimaniMar 10, 20219 min read
As the world’s wealthiest nations begin procuring doses of various COVID-19 vaccines, the fate of the world’s refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers remains uncertain.
The French Empire is Dead. Long Live the French Empire!

The French Empire is Dead. Long Live the French Empire!

Luben RoussevMar 7, 202116 min read
The French Empire never ended, but adapted to the late 20th century of anti-imperialistic empires. Now as a new century dawns, France is once more transforming its Iceberg Empire.
High Street Flop: COVID-19 and Retailers

High Street Flop: COVID-19 and Retailers

Jack BorrillFeb 3, 20218 min read
Rather than help, recent parliamentary insolvency countermeasures have hindered the United Kingdom’s retailers during COVID-19, creating an antagonistic and exploitative relationship between them and their landlords, and accelerating the death of the high street.
Guilty: The EU and the management of irregular migration through FRONTEX

Guilty: The EU and the management of irregular migration through FRONTEX

Elena SiniscalcoJan 5, 20216 min read
The so-called “migration crisis” has brought about a number of tragic drownings in what has become, according to the UNHCR, “the most deadly stretch of water”, the Mediterranean. An organisation at the centre of this is the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, better known as FRONTEX.
Europe And Its Battle with History

Europe And Its Battle with History

Luben RoussevJan 4, 202122 min read
The European Union can learn much from history in order to make the inevitable changes Europe and the world need.
White-Collar Crime, Money Laundering, and Risky Business

White-Collar Crime, Money Laundering, and Risky Business

Salah KhaddourDec 19, 202012 min read
One may wonder about the intricacies of white-collar crimes such as money laundering, how it has an impact on the economy, the various means that the government uses to put a stop to it, and whether or not these means are sufficient.
Why Joe Biden’s Election Victory Matters For Stammerers

Why Joe Biden’s Election Victory Matters For Stammerers

Isuru AthukoralageDec 12, 20208 min read
Although 2020 brought many struggles, one shining light was the election of Joe Biden as President. Find out why this record-breaking victory was particularly important for stutterers and why their voices, now more than ever, are worth our attention.
The Bulgarian People’s Court: Injustice Guaranteed

The Bulgarian People’s Court: Injustice Guaranteed

Luben RoussevDec 10, 202016 min read
The Bulgarian People’s Court is one of the world’s most brutal and damaging, yet unknown, atrocities. It turned a nation brimming with a vibrant and ambitious intelligentsia, into a beaten communist satellite state, too petrified to assert its own liberty.
Polarisation: How Social Media is Dividing Us

Polarisation: How Social Media is Dividing Us

Hisham KhanNov 15, 202012 min read
Social Media: how is it dividing us?
A Lifeline: Free School Meals

A Lifeline: Free School Meals

Habiba ElhawatiNov 13, 20208 min read
In October 2020, a motion to provide 1.4 million disadvantaged children in England with food vouchers during the school holidays was voted down by the UK government. However, the fight against child hunger in the UK is not a new issue.
Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Ishmael LiwandaNov 1, 202017 min read
A global pandemic and economic crisis. Two contrasting visions of a future America. The stage is set for the most contested elections in recent US history. In an election with implications for decades to come, which of the two candidates is most compelling?
Feast or Famine: The BBC and Its Gender Pay Gap

Feast or Famine: The BBC and Its Gender Pay Gap

Jack BorrillOct 24, 20209 min read
The new decade has seen a renaissance for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Yet, in 2020, the BBC serves as one of the best cautionary tales of equal pay to date, one of doing too much and yet too little.
Job Creation and Reforestation: Pakistan’s Effort to Plant 10 Billion Trees

Job Creation and Reforestation: Pakistan’s Effort to Plant 10 Billion Trees

Zoha BaigOct 19, 202010 min read
In 2016, PTI’s Imran Khan pledged to plant a billion trees in Pakistan’s poorest province. Now, Pakistan is on track to exceed that goal tenfold, and drastically reduce poverty while doing so. So, what did Pakistan do right, and could it be emulated elsewhere?
Autonomy & Consent: Do You Know Your Rights?

Autonomy & Consent: Do You Know Your Rights?

Isuru AthukoralageOct 13, 202013 min read
Amidst a global pandemic, seeking clarification over healthcare rules is as important as ever. What actually is the law governing medical rights in the UK? What can we learn from its historical development about what the future will look like?
Post-colonial Africa: A failure of Leadership

Post-colonial Africa: A failure of Leadership

Ishmael LiwandaSep 3, 202015 min read
There’s an endemic deficiency on the African continent; leadership- or lack thereof. Through the tenures of Banda, Nkrumah and Nyerere, we can better understand the common themes that perpetuate and encourage poor governance.
Role of Women in International Peace and Security – Is the UN Doing Enough?

Role of Women in International Peace and Security – Is the UN Doing Enough?

Sairuna LiwandaAug 27, 202012 min read
The fight for real equal representation within the UN itself is one that looks very promising, the role of women in international peace and security is fundamental and finding active ways to rightfully include women should be a bigger focus within the UN
Modern Concentration Camps: Uighurs’ torture

Modern Concentration Camps: Uighurs’ torture

Dev PatelAug 11, 20208 min read
2 million Uighur Muslims are being persecuted & oppressed against their wishes as you read this whilst you cherish comfort & freedom. You raise your voice against your government for keeping you in lock down whilst your fellow human near torture?
Egypt’s #MeToo Movement: Not Just a Woman’s Cause

Egypt’s #MeToo Movement: Not Just a Woman’s Cause

Habiba ElhawatiAug 9, 20208 min read
In July 2020, a flood of accusations of sexual harassment, assault and blackmail against an affluent student has triggered Egypt’s greatest, most unyielding women’s revolution. Will the female community’s collective voice be enough to fight the phenomenon?
The Damned Nile

The Damned Nile

Ishmael LiwandaAug 3, 202011 min read
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is viewed by Ethiopians worldwide as the country’s statement of intent, a demonstration of its collective ambition. Egypt views Ethiopia’s uncooperative behaviour as posing an existential threat to the Egyptian state. The GERD represents development, but at whose expense?
Recessions – A post-pandemic debt

Recessions – A post-pandemic debt

Mohammed SheikhJul 29, 20208 min read
Global Economic health is under threat by what could be the worst economic recession of our lives. Leaders around the world are brainstorming for possible solutions. One solution that has rattled debates in many international organisations is Debt Relief.
Racism in Medical diagnoses: how racial biases disproportionately label POCs with psychotic disorders

Racism in Medical diagnoses: how racial biases disproportionately label POCs with psychotic disorders

Zoha BaigJul 27, 20208 min read
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, pressing questions of discrimination in different fields of medicine have been raised. But one that has gone far under-reported is the disproportionate number of schizophrenia diagnoses in POC populations, especially among African-Americans and Hispanics.
“Spring forward, fall back” – The Dilemma of Daylight Saving Time

“Spring forward, fall back” – The Dilemma of Daylight Saving Time

Youssef FahmyJul 25, 202010 min read
Telling the time is easy an easy task, we teach children at the age of 6 how to do so. Keeping track of time however turns out more difficult that one would think, and that’s mostly down to daylight saving.
Learning from the pandemic – The NHS

Learning from the pandemic – The NHS

Meraj KhanJul 23, 20206 min read
Europe’s biggest employer; Great Britain’s cult religion; Our first and last line of defence against COVID-19. The NHS is huge in every way and so are the issues that plague it. This pandemic is an opportunity for us to step back and take stock – to learn from our mistakes.
Will Yemen ever be Yemen again?

Will Yemen ever be Yemen again?

Rithik SharmaJul 17, 202011 min read
Yemen has descended into a downward spiral of troubles- accelerated by many factors. This article looks at all parties involved- the UK and US included- and explains the grief that the Yemeni have gone through. Has the world done enough, or actually done more harm than good?
A green recovery: the environmental crisis post-Covid-19

A green recovery: the environmental crisis post-Covid-19

Habiba ElhawatiJul 9, 20207 min read
Countries all over the world now look towards recovery as lockdown measures lift off, with plans for economic stimulus worth trillions of dollars. Driven by the significant fall in carbon emissions, governments want to go further by harnessing their strategies to boost low-carbon industries, but can they succeed?
An explanation of why the success of rehabilitation during incarceration is limited in the United Kingdom

An explanation of why the success of rehabilitation during incarceration is limited in the United Kingdom

Salah KhaddourJul 5, 20207 min read
An evaluative view that looks into the underlying reasons that limit the success of the United Kingdom’s rehabilitation program within prisons.
Legalising broadcasting in the United Kingdom’s Crown Court and the step towards transparency

Legalising broadcasting in the United Kingdom’s Crown Court and the step towards transparency

Salah Khaddour Jun 5, 20206 min read
Permitting cameras to broadcast the verdicts of the Crown Court has built on a number of different concepts while increasing the efficiency of accessing information.
The Effects of Technology on Legal Education and Practice

The Effects of Technology on Legal Education and Practice

Salah Khaddour May 7, 20207 min read
Students in their final year of secondary education are provided with a few options in regards to the teaching mechanisms used by universities in legal studies. With the introduction of new technologies in the legal profession, universities may have to introduce new skills training for their undergraduates. The more conventional model of teaching can be […]