What Do We Do with the Non-‘White, Blonde, Blue-Eyed’ Asylum Seekers?
Following the Russian invasion, it is estimated that over 6 million persons have fled Ukraine. Although this number is significantly higher than any other refugee wave reaching the EU since...
- Women in International Law Vol. 1
Introducing the Annual ‘Women in International Law’ Symposium
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on the 8th of March, Völkerrechtsblog celebrates women in international law with the establishment of the annual ‘Women in International...
Is the Feministisation of the ECtHR’s Abortion-Related Jurisprudence a Realistic Expectation?
Feminist legal theories have repeatedly highlighted the patriarchal bias in law and decision-making: Sexuality, biology and reproductivity have been parameters of persons’ positioning in the eyes of the law and...
- A Critical Christmas Week
Introducing the Critical Christmas Week
For many of us, the current days lead into a bit of a winter break. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter solstice today - the days will be getting...
Is Your Dating App Swiping Left on Human Rights?
TW // sexual violence, rape If you or someone you know experiences/has experienced sexual violence, please reach out for support here (for Germany; for an overview of national helplines see...
Editorial #11: Here is to Blogposts, Editors and Authors! Cheers!
Journal articles are okay but blogposts go all the way! The road to publication of journal articles (let’s not even dwell on the process for books) is often paved with...
Re-rethinking the Amicable Settlement of Inter-State ECHR Disputes
The amicable settlement of inter-State disputes under the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’) was thoroughly discussed on Völkerrechtsblog earlier this year, during the ‘Inter-State Cases under the ECHR’ symposium....
Refoulement Beyond Pushbacks
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul, the news has abounded in heart-breaking images of people trying to flee Afghanistan. Following some sympathetic responses, however, the discourse has shifted to...
Livestream: COVID-19 Vaccinations and Human Rights
The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated political, academic, and societal debates for the past one and a half years. As soon as they became available in late 2020, COVID-19 vaccines...
COVID-19 Vaccines and Work-Related Rights
As States’ capacities to provide COVID-19 vaccines rise, questions on whether employers can lawfully require their employees to get vaccinated arise accordingly. As the lawfulness of States imposing compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations has been already...
The Future of “Climate Refugees” in International Law
The issue of “climate refugees” has attracted scholarly attention for over a decade. The historic ruling of the Human Rights Committee (‘HRCtee’) in Ioane Teitiota v. New Zealand further increased...
What Does the Vavřička Judgement Tell Us About the Compatibility of Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccinations with the ECHR?
On the 8th of April, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) issued its widely-anticipated judgement on Vavřička and others v. the Czech Republic shedding some...
The Right to Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights
Abortion bans are back in Vogue! Nearly 165 years after the first massive demonstration on women’s rights, discussions on the extent to which interference with female bodies falls within States’...
Populism’s lethal effect on the respect for human rights
The rise of populism in Europe is a fact. Along with it, discussions of the effects of populism on the rule of law have arisen. The purpose of the present...
Do compulsory vaccinations against COVID-19 violate human rights?
As soon as the announcement of a vaccine against the coronavirus hit the news, discussions on the permissibility of compulsory vaccination multiplied. As anti-vaccination campaigns flourish and fake news spread...
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
Although the higher risk of COVID-19’s contagion among those residing in overly-populated asylum-seeker centres has been underlined by cassandric voices since the early days of its outbreak, Moria Reception and...