Spexit, or Spanish nationalists finally coming out of the Eurosceptic Closest

Written by Julia Fernández Arribas (Ambassador of Spain) On December 19th, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan leader who has spent the last two years in provisional detention, had the right to immunity the… Continue Reading →

Sentenced to death: the difficult case of ISIS’s European fighters

Written by Ombeline Lemarchal  On 27 May 2019, four French men were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after having been found guilty of joining the Islamic State (ISIS), also known by its Arabic name Daesh (BBC News, 2019)…. Continue Reading →

The battle for the rule of law is the battle for Europe

Written by Milena Sagawa-Krasny On 5 November 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Poland’s decision to lower their judges’ retirement age broke EU law. This is only the latest example of what has developed into a long-standing feud… Continue Reading →

10 years of the European Student Think Tank: Reflections on the way ahead

As the EST celebrates its 10-year anniversary we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the last decade and formulate our ambitions for the next. This year, the European Student Think Tank celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the… Continue Reading →

Modern slavery : Prisoners of time

Written by Xhoana Shegani (EST Ambassador to Albania) Although slavery, in its historical sense, is globally outlawed, human trafficking remains an international issue and it appears in all its forms: sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced criminality, child soldiers,… Continue Reading →

Human Rights: Is the Rights of Asylum Respected in Europe?

Written by Pierfrancesco Maria Lanza (EST Ambassador to Italy, Reggio Calabria) After the many wars and massacres of innocents that have ravaged Europe in the centuries since its formation, that have shown the horrific potential of human behaviour, in particular after… Continue Reading →

A Blueprint for Paradise? Historical approaches to the post-war Human Rights regime

Written by Egil Sturk (EST Ambassador of Sweden) “You are destined for a Great Monday!   Fine! But Sunday will never end.” (Kafka, Diaries: 1910-1923) The long-awaited triumph versus the burden of history: the first sentence of Kafka’s aphorism captures the utopian… Continue Reading →

The state of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Written by Enna Zone Đonlić (EST Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina) From the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Charter, the Declaration of Universal Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights, human rights are known to most of the… Continue Reading →

Human Trafficking: A Global Issue

Written by Tekla Scharwaschidze (EST Ambassador for Austria) Human trafficking is a massive violation of fundamental human rights and it has been well documented that no country is fully immune from it (UNODC, 2006. “Virtually no country immune from human trafficking, UNODC… Continue Reading →

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