In this blogpost, PhD candidate Isabella Regan discusses the role of private online investigations in conflict settings. Paying specific attention to its use in the current conflict in Ukraine, she touches upon challenges related to legal, ethical and practical implications. The next four years, she will conduct a critical analysis of public and private power (im)balances within online open-source investigations of (transnational) crimes.
Recently, our colleague Abby Muricho Onencan attended the Leiden University annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. In this post, she reflects on the keynote address by Professor of Sociology of Law, Ashley Terlouw. Abby shares some new, and intriguing thoughts on the legal perspective of diversity and inclusion that she gathered from the symposium.
With the far-right terror attack in Hanau in 2020, Germany witnessed yet another act of right-wing extremist violence, resulting in the death of 9 people with foreign roots. In this blog post, Anna Merz raises the question why, and how authorities still fail to recognise the far-reaching problem of structural racism, racist attacks, and the existence of neo-Nazi networks in Germany.
On Friday April 23rd, 2021 dr. Eleonora Di Molfetta defended her PhD thesis titled: Injustices under the shield of the law: An exploratory study of judicial practices towards foreign defendants in an Italian criminal court. We recently interviewed her to inquire about the focus and results of her PhD studies.
Tomorrow begins the European qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. At the same time, a report recently published in The Guardian revealed that thousands of migrant workers have died in Qatar over the course of preparations for the tournament. This blog post discusses this report in light of the wider context of corruption within the sport, and reflects on the nature and trajectory of professional world football going forward.
The heist of the century. Thinking of a diamond or bank robbery? Art theft? Something à la Money Heist, Ocean’s Eleven or The Killing? Its less glamorous but more harmful than that: the Cum-Ex Files. In this blog post, Anna Merz shortly discusses how the intermingling of state and corporate actors—law enforcement authorities, politicians and financial institutions—has contributed to the (so far) rather lenient response to the scandal, and the preservation of the status quo.