Examining the Humanitarian Intervention Doctrine in International Law Through the Prism of 2021 Afghanistan Crisis

In this post, the author evaluates the Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention through the prism of the 2021 intervention of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The author further analyses the extent to which other States can aid Afghanistan in this crisis and the extent to which use of force is allowed in such circumstances. Continue reading Examining the Humanitarian Intervention Doctrine in International Law Through the Prism of 2021 Afghanistan Crisis

The Downing of Flight PS752: Mistake of Fact and Self-Defence in International Law

In this post, in the background of downing of flight PS752, the authors analyse the right of self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter and determine whether Iran could take recourse to it without admitting to its mistake of fact. They also analyse the state practice on use of force in self-defence due to a mistake of fact. The article further explores whether state responsibility should be subjected to an objective or subjective standard under such circumstances. Finally, the authors look at Iran’s jus ad bellum obligations in light of the investigation report by the UN Special Rapporteur and suggest a strict liability rule for determining state responsibility under such circumstances. Continue reading The Downing of Flight PS752: Mistake of Fact and Self-Defence in International Law

Ghana’s Homophobic and Heteronormative Colonial Laws: An International Law Perspective

In this post, the authors delve into the veracity behind Ghana’s legal regime on LGBTQ+ rights. They attempt to do this by scrutinising its legal framework, the influence of its socio-religious fabric on the same, and its international legal obligations. The authors argue that LGBTQ+ rights, as opposed to ‘special rights’, are inherently embedded in the body of international human rights. Further, they argue that there is ample room in the Ghanaian Constitution to honour and import the construction of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ to include sexual orientation and gender identity as per the international standards. Continue reading Ghana’s Homophobic and Heteronormative Colonial Laws: An International Law Perspective