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Senior Partner Prof. Kjetil Tronvoll (right) with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, in Addis Ababa, March 4, 2014.
ILPI’s Senior Partner Professor Kjetil Tronvoll, right, held talks with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa on March 4, 2014. Among the issues the two discussed were regional security concerns and ILPI’s collaborations with Ethiopian authorities.
ILPI has a branch office in Addis Ababa and a growing portfolio of projects for various clients, addressing different aspects of the situation in the Horn of Africa.
ILPI Director Njål Høstmælingen comments on the recently concluded trial of Norwegian citizen Joshua French in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Høstmælingen’s op-ed is published in the newspaper the Foreigner, which provides Norwegian news in English. Continue reading →
Following last week’s sentencing of Joshua French to life imprisonment on the accusation of having murdered his cell-mate Tjostolv Moland in Kinshasa, DRC, Norwegian media again approached ILPI Director Njål Høstmælingen for his expert opinion on the legal strength of the verdict, essential aspects of the court process and the integrity of the entire Congolese court system. Continue reading →
In a new policy paper for ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project, Stein-Ivar Lothe Eide discusses and refutes the most common arguments against NATO member states’ support for a ban on nuclear weapons. Noting that, as a matter of international law, there is no barrier to joining such a treaty, Lothe Eide also highlights how NATO member states have adopted broadly different policies on nuclear weapons since the founding of the Alliance. Continue reading →
ILPI Senior Legal Advisor, Dr. Daniel Mekonnen, giving the lecture at the Municipality of Oslo, Feb 25, 2014.
ILPI Senior Legal Advisor, Dr. Daniel R. Mekonnen, presented a lecture on 25 February 2014 to the staff members of the Agency for Social Welfare at the Municipality of Oslo. The lecture focused on the general political situation in Eritrea and the major reasons that prompt many Eritrean asylum seekers to leave the country in unprecedented numbers. Continue reading →
ILPI Advisor and Resident Representative in Ethiopia, Goitom Gebreluel, recently conducted a field trip to Mogadishu, Somalia. Gebreluel realized interviews with various politicians and civil society actors; he met the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Minister of Interior and Security from the Somali government, as well as the institutional partner Heritage Institute, amongst others. Continue reading →
Over the last few weeks, ILPI has developed tools and conducted trainings on qualitative research with CARE International’s Country Offices in nine different countries in Africa and Asia. The countries covered are Burundi, DR Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Continue reading →
Historical Origins of the Humanitarian Discourse
ILPI Senior Partner Gro Nystuen gave a panel presentation at the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, in Nayarit, Mexico on February 13, 2014. Read the full statement here.
Minorities are under hard pressure in many parts of the world. The challenges vary between countries and between regions. Different groups are exposed to different pressures. Problems arise from weak implementation of international norms, both on a national and local level. On this background, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established a Minority Project, with a focus on religious and belief minorities. Continue reading →
ILPI Director Njål Høstmælingen has provided expert legal opinions in several news articles this week on the integrity of the Congolese court system. Høstmælingen, a lawyer and human rights expert, has been interviewed in relation to the ongoing trial against Joshua French, a Norwegian sentenced to death in three courts in DR Congo for accessory to the murder. Continue reading →
A global discussion about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons has intensified in recent years. This new ILPIs Nuclear Weapons Project policy paper presents excerpts from key documents and statements in this discussion, and combines this with information drawn from the statistical report Counting to Zero about the role that different States have played in support of this initiative.Continue reading →
In advance of the upcoming Mexico conference on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons, Kjølv Egeland outlines the health and environmental effects in a new ILPIs Nuclear Weapons Project background paper. The paper draws upon evidence from the effects of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as nuclear testing in the former Soviet Union and in the United States. Moreover, Egeland describes how even the production of nuclear weapons can have hazardous impacts on health and the environment, given the risk of radioactive contamination from nuclear waste products. Continue reading →
An updated version of the report ‘Counting to Zero’ has just been published by ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project. The report aims to map the interest and participation of States in the issue of nuclear disarmament, with a focus on statistical indicators.
The report is intended as a tool for diplomats, think-tanks, researchers, civil society organizations, and indeed anyone interested in humanitarian disarmament. It is motivated by the need for an accurate and methodical mapping of how the primary players on the international stage – the UN member states – approach the issue of nuclear weapons in the humanitarian disarmament context. Continue reading →