Posts Tagged ‘united nations’

  • Today in Legal History: Swiss Neutrality Recognized by League of Nations

    The League of Nations officially recognized Switzerland as neutral on February 13, 1920. This was not a new position for the Swiss; the Treaty of Westphalia did the same, as did the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Ironically, Switzerland did not join the United Nations until 2002, although it had been actively involved prior to […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: United Nations Established by Charter

      In the aftermath of World War I, the League of Nations was established to prevent further war.  President Woodrow Wilson was an enthusiastic proponent.  Although the League established several agencies and successfully negotiated agreements, it was considered a failure upon the outbreak of World War II.  Many of its problems were structural; the League […] Read more...
  • “By Choice, Not By Chance”

    “… 867 million women of childbearing age in developing countries have a need for modern contraceptives”, according to a new “State of the World Population 2012” report from the United Nations Population Fund. Focusing on the issue of family planning, this 140-page study takes a rights-based approach to the topic, and looks at the social […] Read more...
  • UN Report on Israeli Naval Blockade of Palestine

    A recent analysis of the Israeli naval blockade of Palestine by a UN committee threatens to turn up the diplomatic heat between Turkey and Israel. The deaths precipitated by the attempt by a flotilla originating in Turkey to land humanitarian supplies in Gaza shattered the Israel – Turkey partnership to the point where Turkey has […] Read more...
  • International Gay and Human Rights Commission Now an Official UN NGO

    Stephanie Farrior recently blogged on IntLawGrrls that the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission was declared an official non-governmental organization by the Economic and Social Council’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations. This Consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 and permits NGOs to submit agenda items to the Council and […] Read more...