Month: July 2016

Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013–2014

John Langmore and Jeremy Farrall The UN Charter gives the Security Council the extraordinary function of being responsible for international peace and security. Although the Permanent Five members are disproportionately powerful, there is nevertheless scope for elected members to influence the Council’s decision-making processes during their short two-year terms. This article uses Australia’s membership in […]

International Labour Organization Conference 2016

The 105th International Labour Organization Conference was held at the UN in Geneva. 5,982 representatives from 187 member states came together to share insights and participate in dialogues on advancing opportunities for all to secure equal and dignified working conditions. The three focus areas as indicated by the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, are the Standards […]

The End of the Age of Impunity

With the very first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict marked on 19 June, 2016 has become a momentous year of landmark convictions for sexual violence in international criminal law. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the age of impunity has now come to an end with convictions at the […]