The Truth About Marijuana and the Criminal Legal System

Emily Parkin

Newsletter Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash by Katie Jane Fernelius It’s 4/20, arguably the most notorious unofficial holiday for consumers in America after Black Friday. Denver, Colorado, hosts the Mile High 420 Festival. Revelers in San Francisco flock to Hippie Hill. Over here at The Appeal, we’re celebrating by tackling some […]

KN’s Cross Border Criminal Law Conference on 5 May 2022 | Panel Discussion: 20 years since the Pinochet case – the current state of universal jurisdiction in the UK

Emily Parkin

The Prime Minister recently committed the UK’s support to achieving justice in respect of the war crimes allegations arising out of the Ukraine conflict. The conflict and associated allegations raise questions over the UK’s commitment and ability to bring prosecutions under the doctrine of “universal jurisdiction”. Universal jurisdiction describes the […]

El Salvador: Sweeping New Laws Endanger Rights

Emily Parkin

(New York) – Sweeping legal amendments passed by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly in response to gang violence violate basic due process guarantees and children’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 30 and April 5, 2022, the Legislative Assembly approved a series of gang-related measures proposed by President Nayib […]

What Is a War Crime? Here’s the History to Know

Emily Parkin

As Russian forces have withdrawn from areas near Kyiv in recent days, photographs from those areas have shocked a world that was already aghast at the invasion of Ukraine. Images emerged of hundreds of bodies in mass graves and in the middle of the streets—some with hands bound—in Bucha, a […]

What Is War Crimes Trial? Can Putin Be Held Accountable?

Emily Parkin

Russia was recently suspended from the United Nations human rights body as evidence emerged of war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces in Ukraine. The United Nations Human Rights Council’s decision was based on what it called “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” in Russia’s war of aggression. […]