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Mondial Summer 2020: Norman Dyson

pdf available Norman Dyson, Honorary President of the Toronto branch of WFMC, died on May 30th, 2020, at the age of eighty-eight. Dyson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1958 and was a practising lawyer until 1995 when was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, where he served until 2007. An enthusiastic athlete, […]

ICC Update

pdf available The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in eight preliminary examinations, and has thirteen situations under investigation. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Afghanistan In March 2020, the Prosecutor was authorized to begin an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Book Review

pdf available Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes By Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor of Law, New York University Cambridge University Press, August 2020 Review by Fergus Watt It is often assumed by casual observers of the United Nations that the power to veto resolutions on the maintenance […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Book notice

pdf available Albert Einstein from Pacifism to the Idea of World Government  Lucio Levi, editor (Federalism Volume 12; Centro Studi sul Federalismo) Peter Lang, Brussels, 2020 “Albert Einstein from Pacifism to the Idea of World Government” is a collection of articles that explores the development of Albert Einstein’s thoughts on such overlapping topics as the […]

Mondial Summer 2020: U.S. attacks on ICC require a Canadian response

pdf available By Fergus Watt Only time will tell what will come of the recent escalation of hostilities between the U.S. government and the International Criminal Court (ICC).  A June 11 Executive Order authorized by President Trump enables U.S. officials to take action against individuals (and their property in the U.S.) who carry out work […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Surviving Dystopia: World Federalism Eclipsed

pdf available Myron J. Frankman    . . . what lies between us and extinction is horrifying enough, and we have not yet begun to contemplate what it means to live under those conditions . . . David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019), p 34  A characteristic of the advancing Anthropocene is […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falls far short of government commitments

pdf available The Canada and UN Peacekeeping 2020 update, released each year on August 9 by WFMC, demonstrates that the number of Canadian peacekeepers has reached historically low levels. Canadian contributions of military and police personnel are at historic lows, with only 34 individuals (24 military and 10 police) deployed to UN operations as of […]

Mondial Summer 2020: The UN at 75: The world planned a party. . . . Then the coronavirus showed up.

pdf available Fergus Watt, UN2020 Campaign Coordinator & Jeffery Huffines, UN2020 Senior Advisor Since 2017 the UN2020 Campaign has provided a platform for a diverse constellation of civil society organizations (CSOs) calling for the UN’s 75th anniversary to provide not only an occasion for celebrating past achievements, but also an opportunity to take stock of the […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Artificial Intelligence and Global Governance

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier New and potential applications of artificial intelligence are often discussed in the media, sometimes as dystopian warnings and other times as indications of a hopeful, exciting future. And the uses of artificial intelligence have the potential to be either. Before we begin to discuss the global governance implications of artificial […]

TakeAction for August 2020: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falls far short of government commitments

The Canada and UN Peacekeeping 2020 update, released each year on August 9 by WFMC, demonstrates that the number of Canadian peacekeepers has reached historically low levels. According to WFMC President, Dr Walter Dorn, “This year’s numbers are particularly disappointing. Canadians were told that this country would do more, not less to support UN peace […]

The search for a new prosecutor for the International Criminal Court

The election process for the next Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is scheduled to take place at the nineteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties in December 2020. At the end of June, a short-list of candidates was released. The four candidates are Morris A. Anyah (Nigeria), Fergal Gaynor (Ireland), Susan Okalany (Uganda), and Richard Roy (Canada).The shortlist of relatively unknown candidates […]

The United States formally begins the process to withdraw from the World Health Organization

Following an earlier announcement, US President Donald Trump has notified the US Congress and the United Nations of the United States’ intention to formally withdraw from the World Health Organization. The withdrawal will be effective as of July 6, 2021, although Trump’s Democractic challenger in this November’s US election, Joe Biden, has said that the withdrawal would not […]

Trump’s Middle East “Peace Plan”

On 28 January, US President Donald Trump announced his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan calls for the incorporation of existing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, and East Jerusalem into the state of Israel, and for Jerusalem to become the undivided capital of Israel. Soon after, the agreement […]

UN HRC resolution on Responsibility to Protect

On July 17 the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution (A/HRC/44/L.12) marking the “Fifteenth anniversary of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as enshrined in the World Summit Outcome of 2005.” The resolution was adopted by a vote of 32 in favour, 1 against and 14 […]

Canada’s current peacekeeping commitments

WFM – Canada and a number of other peace organizations recently called for Canada to make a renewed commitment of military, civilian and police personnel to the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).  The UN Department of Peace Operations has set out mission requirements for MINUSMA that includes the kinds of needs (for helicopters, monitoring […]

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