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Bertrand Russell's Legacy

[Bertrand Russell. Image from unknown archive.]

Making my way back to Ireland from the Third World Approaches to International Law conference at the University of Oregon last week, I found myself with a few hours to kill between flights in New York. In the basement of a second-hand bookshop, I picked up a dusty old copy of the Selected Writings of Bertrand Russell. After paying a visit to Occupy Wall Street, I caught a bus back to the airport, where the words of Russell’s introduction, written on the cusp of the great ...

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The Spectre of South Africa

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Next week, the third session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will convene in Cape Town’s famous District Six. In the 1970s, 60,000 residents of District Six were forcibly removed following its designation as a White Area by the apartheid regime. Based on testimony from international legal experts and witnesses from the ground in Israel/Palestine, this “International People’s Tribunal” will examine whether Israel’s rule over the Palestinian people violates the ...

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Emergency, Governmentality, and the Arab Spring

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With states of emergency proving salient to the unfolding of the “Arab Spring” and continuing to permeate the political landscape—through opposition to long-standing emergencies as well as proclamations of new ones—it is worth reflecting on the genesis and underlying essence of emergency law. The ostensible premise of the doctrine of emergency is one of a last resort mechanism to be implemented for the common good, with the temporary suspension of certain freedoms ...

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Bio

John Reynolds

 

John Reynolds is a Government of Ireland Scholar and PhD Candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. He serves as a legal advisor for Avocats Sans Frontières and worked previously as a legal researcher for Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq.