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Aircraft Leasing Contracts in the Pandemic Era: Navigating the Challenges of Invoking Force Majeure by Applying Hardship under International Commercial Law

An online article by Tanya Agarwal (L.L.B. student at Amity Law School, Delhi)* PDF version is available here. Most aircrafts are acquired through leasing agreements where the financial burden is placed on the lessor through financing of heavy equipment in…

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A Doomed Investigation: How Political Immunity, Corruption, and a Lack of Judicial Independence Stymy an Investigation into the Beirut Port Explosion of August 4, 2020

PDF version available here. An online annotation by Lucius Lambert, Staff Editor. I. The Economic State of Lebanon before and after the Beirut Port Explosion On August 4, 2020, in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in modern history, the…

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The Trouble of Proving “Genocidal Intent”: The Modern Rohingya Crisis in Historical and Political Context

Essay by Ashley S. Kinseth

On the heels of the Holocaust, the then-nascent United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide—its first-ever international human rights treaty. As such, the Convention is arguably the most sacred text in modern international law—but also the most disregarded. The reasons for this indifference are largely political, yet typically explained away under the guise of law: governments routinely argue that it is impossible to know whether mass atrocities were intentional, as is required in the legal definition of genocide. The present Rohingya crisis, for which ample evidence of genocidal intent has emerged, provides a clear example of this blatant disregard for international law. As one of the worst genocides in the past century continues to unfold in Myanmar, nearly all states sit on their hands.

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