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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

ForsytheBookclub Event

At a fascinating RegNet ‘bookclub’ on 15th March, CIGJ Associate Professor, Miranda Forsyth was joined by Dr Ian Heath, Managing Consultant of First Thoughts and previously Director General of IP Australia, and RegNet’s Professor Peter Drahos, to discuss her book Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states, co-authored with Professor Sue Farran. Miranda’s presentation will feature in a Regarding Rights post in coming months.

Torture and Female Prisoners

In a report delivered earlier this year, Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, considered the applicability of international law’s prohibition of torture to the unique experiences of women and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. Among the issues canvassed by the Rapporteur is the shackling of female prisoners including pregnant women. In a blog on her website, ‘Research for women in prison’, Helen Crewe discusses the Rapporteur’s characterisation of this practice as a form of a torture, and suggests New York State’s Anti-Shackling Bill provides an example of how prohibiting the practice – which she says is widespread in many countries – can be monitored and implemented.


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Corporate Gatekeepers on the Internet

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By Natasha Tusikov, Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo at the State University of New York

Who makes the rules that govern how we use services and technologies on the Internet, and how are those rules implemented and enforced? Public concern over Internet surveillance peaked in 2013 with Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosure of highly classified files. The Snowden files reveal that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies are highly reliant upon large, U.S.-based Internet firms, particularly Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook, among others. These firms are ideally suited to facilitate mass surveillance as many of their applications and services are premised upon sharing personal information and cultivating ever-expanding social and professional networks. Continue Reading →