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Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

‘The new [cyber security] strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment […],’ said British Chancellor of the Exchequer in a speech in October 2016. Since his speech, Britain has launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 report, detailing how the British Government...
Justice versus Peace: South Africa's departure from the ICC

Justice versus Peace: South Africa’s departure from the ICC

On 19 October 2016, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation signed and submitted an Instrument of Withdrawal to the United Nations (UN) to decisively mark South Africa’s departure from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Instrument read: [T]he Republic of South Africa has found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful...
The Privatisation of Space Tourism: Space Law and its Failure to Launch

The Privatisation of Space Tourism: Space Law and its Failure to Launch

In 2001, Dennis Tito became the first non-astronaut to travel to space (although classifying him as a non-astronaut is contentious, it will become clear why). He was taken on board a Russian Soyuz capsule by a private space vehicle provider. Since then, the launch of private space tourism has become a marked feature in the...
Misplaced Priorities: Closing Guantanamo Bay on Grounds of National Security

Misplaced Priorities: Closing Guantanamo Bay on Grounds of National Security

In his efforts to dismantle Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama noted, ‘For many years it’s been clear that the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it.’ The detention facility’s fundamental purpose of intelligence acquisition is being achieved with detrimental effects to U.S. national security. Thus, grounds for closing...