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Oslo Law Review (OsLaw) publishes research articles from all areas of legal scholarship, as well as interdisciplinary articles or articles that engage with law from the perspective of other related disciplines.

Published Dec. 15, 2020 12:58 PM

This paper: Human Rights Defenders in Colombia, is written by María Paola Quintero Gómez. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Universidad Eafit, Medellín, Colombia and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law with a specialisation in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law from the University of Oslo, Norway. 

In the introduction the author writes:  To defend human rights is a right itself. To fully enjoy this right, a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders (HRDs) must be created. To achieve this, Colombia has been implementing a protection programme for HRDs since 1997, making the Colombian State a pioneer in the region.

This is not only the first programme one in the Americas but is also the largest programme with the biggest budget. It has evolved over the years, incorporating protection and preventive measures for both individuals and collectives. However, despite the state’s efforts and regulations, Colombia remains the most dangerous country in the world for HRDs. In 2019, 35% of defenders killed worldwide were in Colombia. The situation appears to be worsening in 2020 because, by 24 January, 23 HRDs had been killed.

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Published Dec. 8, 2020 8:44 AM

- Automatic Individual Decisions In Public Administration And Computers Under The Rule Of Law

By Dag Wiese Schartum, University of Oslo.

In The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of Algorithms.

Published Nov. 2, 2020 11:19 AM

This paper: COVID-19: Human rights trade-offs, challenges and policy responseis written by Bård A. Andreassen, Peris S. Jones and Gentian Zyberi, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo and Yannick Bernardo Joaquim, Agostinho Neto University of Luanda

In the introduction the authors write: The COVID-19 virus pandemic stands out as one of the most devastating global humanitarian and economic crises in living memory, leading to human misery in virtually every country in the world. In the history of pandemics, it is about to become one of the worst pandemics since the Spanish Flu between 1918 and 1919. It has overwhelmed health systems, threatened national economies, social security systems, as well as education and food production (E/C.12/2020/1). As of 5 September 2020, the death toll from COVID-19 was around 870,000 people and around 26.5 million people had been affected. 

The short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on human rights are huge. There is still a lack of knowledge and uncertainty about how it is affecting countries, and differences among them, as this depends on how authorities and populations react to the pandemic and continue to react in the coming months. Read the whole paper

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Published Sep. 21, 2020 1:20 PM

Professor Gentian Zyberi, director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, has recently published a book chapter on "The Shaping of the Notion of ‘Control’ in the Law on International Responsibility by Certain International and Regional Courts" in an edited book by Rogier Bartels, Jeroen C. van den Boogaard, Paul A. L. Ducheine, Eric Pouw, and Joop Voetelink, entitled "Military Operations and the Notion of Control Under International Law: Liber Amicorum Terry D. Gill". This chapter analyzes the use and the shaping of the notion of "control" through several landmark decisions issued by selected key international and regional courts. The book is published by TMC Asser Press through Springer.

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Published Aug. 25, 2020 4:17 PM

The book provides a comprehensive description and critique of the key issues that must be addressed by nations, and of the current international, regional, and national law and policy in this field. With thousands of offshore oil and gas platforms in place across the globe, the decommissioning of these ageing installations is becoming of increasing concern to regulators, industry and other stakeholders in the marine environment.