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Access to justice and the right to an effective remedy for human rights violations

Access to justice and the right to an effective remedy for human rights violations  The concept of access to justice has many different elements, mostly connected to the right to a fair trial. However, perhaps the main right through which it materializes is the right to an effective remedy. This right is commonly included in international human rights instruments, but perhaps where it has become more important is in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It is laid down in Article 13 of this instrument, and throughout the years it has gained enormous weight, becoming one…

Corruption in International Law: Illusions of a Grotian Moment

Corruption in International Law: Illusions of a Grotian Moment  Abstract Has there already been a Grotian Moment for corruption? If not, what would it take for new legal rules and doctrines on corruption to crystallise? This article seeks to answer these two questions by reviewing the relevant history of international legal scholarship, the current public international law framework for anticorruption, and recent developments in international legal practice. We conclude that a Grotian Moment may have been reached for a narrow concept of corruption, focused on petty corruption and bribery, with the proliferation of international anticorruption law following the Cold War. However,…

Free legal representation before UN bodies for Ukrainian victims of human rights violations

Free legal representation before UN bodies for Ukrainian victims of human rights violations Just Access e.V. offers free legal representation before UN bodies for victims of human rights violations fleeing the war in Ukraine.Schedule an interview with us;Give us your statement about the experiences of war;Our legal team will draft and submit communications to UN bodies in search for justice for you.Please download the posters here: (in English and Ukrainian), print, distribute and share on social media! Spread the word! Except where otherwise noted, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Quick-fixes are not a solution to the century-long Balkan problems

Quick-fixes are not a solution to the century-long Balkan problems A year ago, Just Access published an analysis1 pointing to the abuse of EU’s accession procedural rules committed by Bulgaria’s blocking of the opening of the negotiations for North Macedonia’s EU membership. It argued that: 1) by de facto and arbitrarily vetoing North Macedonia’s bid to access the EU, Bulgaria violated the bilateral “Treaty of Friendship”2 in force with its neighbor; 2) that Bulgaria’s attitude towards North Macedonia constitutes unreasonable and harmful bad faith violating international law; 3) that Bulgaria’s instrumentalization of EU accession rules for its mere internal political…

Director’s comments to the Deutsche Welle on How Russia could get away with attacks on Ukraine hospitals

Director’s comments to the Deutsche Welle on how Russia could get away with attacks on Ukraine hospitals Read our Director’s comments to the Deutsche Welle on 7 April 2022 on how Russia could get away with attacks on Ukraine hospitals: https://www.dw.com/en/how-russia-could-get-away-with-attacks-on-ukraine-hospitals/a-61383117His full statement to the Deutsche Welle read: “International law has evolved over the past decades. It is no longer possible to misuse the incoherence between laws for combatants and civilians to argue that a functioning hospital could ever become a legitimate target. It is categorically a violation of international law, and requires prosecution under the strictest enforcement mechanisms of…