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Human rights

Global criminal law-making – a Western industry?

In the efforts to create international justice, it is unclear for whom justice is intended.

How courts protect human rights by comparing cases

Courts around the world play an important role in protecting human rights in constantly changing circumstances. Frequently, they do so by citing and engaging with each other’s decisions – a phenomenon that has been coined ‘judicial dialogue’.

Everyone needs to help keep society safe

We expect police to take the lead in keeping streets safe. But a new book says parents, teachers, social workers and others should play a much bigger role in preventing crime.

Failed campaigns against female genital mutilation

International organisations that campaign against female genital mutilation are being met with scepticism. Changes must come from within, says researcher.

What is unacceptable speech?

The public debate in Norway after the terror attacks in 2011 has focused on what kinds of speech and offensive remarks we must allow and tolerate.

Martyrs on Facebook

Can a woman be a genuine martyr? Is it a compliment to say to a woman that she is “equal to a thousand men”? Feminist activists in Iran are waging an ideological war on Facebook.