German Courts Will Consider Legality of EU Banking Union

July 30, 2014

A group of academics have filed a complaint in the German courts alleging that the EU banking union and Single Supervisory Mechanism, set up to deal with failing European banks that are deemed risks to the European economy, are not permitted by EU law.

UN's Draft Development Goals Focus on "Sustainability"

July 23, 2014

The UN has produced a draft document containing a large number of vague and sometimes contradictory goals for "sustainable development" as it seeks to implement an international agenda on environmental protection and economic equality.

Muller: Christian Democracy Is on Decline

July 18, 2014

Jan-Werner Muller has published an article arguing that secularization and disenchantment with the ideal of European integration have caused Christian Democratic parties to decline in favor of nationalist and populist parties.

OECD Calls for Wealth Redistribution

July 11, 2014

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") has published a report calling on countries to establish "effective redistributive policies" to restrict income inequality and promote future economic growth.


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  • Article Calls for Global Governance of Healthy Lifestyles

    July 30, 2014

    Associate Dean of Georgetown Law Center Lawrence Gostin writes that a stronger regime of global governance is needed to "spur national action" and hold countries “accountable" for promoting healthy living and regulating food and other industries to prevent non-communicable diseases.

  • HRC Launches "War Crimes" Investigation into Gaza Conflict

    July 30, 2014

    The UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") has adopted a resolution condemning Israel for failing to end its presence in Palestinian territories and sending a team to Gaza to investigate alleged "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" committed by parties to the conflict.

  • OSCE Equips Ukraine Observers with Drones

    July 30, 2014

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") has supplied its monitoring mission in Ukraine with unmanned aerial vehicles in the southeast region of the country and along its border with Russia.

  • Rhodes: BHR Treaty Process Has Diluting Effect on Human Rights

    July 30, 2014

    Aaron Rhodes writes that the approval by the UN Human Rights Council of the development of a business and human rights ("BHR") treaty will have little effect in countries with the worst human rights records and will draw attention away from the effective protection of citizens through democratic participation.

  • NGOs Push General Mills into Climate Commitment

    July 30, 2014

    Food company General Mills has responded to a publicity campaign from a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") by announcing its commitment to disclose the actions it is taking to counter climate change and signing on to a declaration to reduce its environmental impact.

  • Former U.K. MP: Corporations Should Take Lead on Sustainability

    July 30, 2014

    In a new book, former U.K. Member of Parliament ("MP") Tom Levitt argues that companies are "brimming over with resources" that could be repurposed to help solve environmental, social, and humanitarian problems, and that they should take the lead in dealing with such issues.

  • Juncker Considers Establishing EU Financial Directorate

    July 31, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that incoming President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is considering creating a powerful financial directorate within the Commission, driving concerns within the U.K. that such a move would tilt authority to regulate the financial industry to a great extent toward Brussels.

  • EU Says Poland in Violation of Shale Gas Law

    July 31, 2014

    As Poland attempts to remove barriers to shale gas exploration in its territory, the European Commission has announced that it is opening a case against the country for failure to properly implement an EU directive requiring environmental impact assessments for shale drilling.

  • EU Will Investigate U.K.'s Immigration Measures

    July 30, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it plans to investigate new immigration policies announced by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to, among other things, shorten the amount of time during which immigrants from other EU countries to the U.K. can receive out-of-work benefits.

  • UN Commission Could Consider ISIS for War Crimes

    July 30, 2014

    The United Nations may take aim at commanders of the Islamist extremist group/state ISIS for perpetrating war crimes (including summary executions, kidnappings, and torture) in Iraq and Syria, according to a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, which has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Evidence of U.S. Failure to Take Preventive Action Against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    July 30, 2014

    Criticism of Washington's unwillingness to provide preventive drone support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, now known as The Islamic State, since recently establishing a caliphate) has gained traction and credibility from a recent hearing of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, which revealed the timing of Baghdad's requests for anti-ISIS drones had stretched back to last year.

  • Christian Woman Condemned to Death under Sharia in Sudan Free

    July 30, 2014

    Mariam Ibrahim, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian sentenced to death for apostasy under sharia law in Sudan, was finally freed, and traveled to Italy with her family, where she met with Pope Francis en route to the United States.