human rights

The role of human rights in global democracy: an evaluation

This essay discusses the role of human rights in global democracy. It argues that human rights can help to constrain the power of supranational organizations and promote democracy. However, it also acknowledges that there are limits to what human rights can achieve.

The European Parliament: An Introduction

The European Parliament is the only democratically elected institution of the European Union (EU). It is one of the seven institutions of the EU alongside the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Court of Auditors, and the European Ombudsman. The Parliament is composed of 736 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are directly elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term.

The Parliament has three main roles: to represent the interests of citizens (the “voice of Europeans”), to exercise control over the other EU institutions, and to co-legislate with the Council within its areas of competence as laid down in the Treaties. The president is elected by MEPs every two and a half years and can serve a maximum of two terms. The president

The Success of Free Trade in Canada

This essay discusses the free trade agreement between Canada and the United States, and how it has been successful in reducing tariffs and expanding trade. The North American Free Trade Agreement has been beneficial for Canada, leading to increased investment and economic growth, as well as increased cooperation between the three countries on environmental and security issues.

The Death Penalty in China: A Violation of Human Rights and an Ineffective Deterrent

This essay argues that the death penalty should be abolished in China, based on human rights and practical deterrence grounds. It discusses the human rights argument against the death penalty, including the right to life and freedom from torture, as well as the disproportionate impact it has on certain groups of people. The essay also looks at the death penalty as an ineffective tool for deterrence, with studies showing that countries with the death penalty actually have higher crime rates than those without it. Finally, it compares the use of the death penalty in China to international trends and standards, which show that China is out of step with the rest of the world on this issue.

The European Neighborhood Policy: An Effective Tool of Immigration Policy?

This essay discusses the effectiveness of the European Neighborhood Policy as a tool of immigration policy. It assesses the impact of the ENP on immigration policy and whether or not it effectively manages immigration. The essay concludes with some recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of the ENP as a tool of immigration policy.

Cultural values vs. human rights: A case study

This essay explores the tension between cultural values and human rights. It discusses three specific cases where cultural values have conflicted with human rights: female genital mutilation (FGM), ‘honor’ killings, and child marriages. It also examines the UN Declaration of Human Rights in order to gain a better understanding of how it attempts to protect vulnerable populations.

The Use of Universal Jurisdiction to Prosecute Serious Crimes

This essay looks at the concept of universal jurisdiction, which is the idea that some crimes are so serious that they should be prosecuted no matter where they were committed or who committed them. The essay discusses the history of universal jurisdiction and looks at how it has been used in relation to crimes against the Jewish people and black people.