Author profile: Nicola-Ann Hardwick

Nicola-Ann Hardwick
Exploring International Criminal Justice in Film

Exploring International Criminal Justice in Film

There have been very few films on international criminal tribunals other than Nuremberg. Perhaps most international trials are still too recent to bring to cinema.

Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

As the authoritarian grasp tightens in Russia, resistance to heteronormativity and neo-conservative gender rules has become difficult but necessary.

Can the Doctrine of the R2P Make the World More Secure?

Can the Doctrine of the R2P Make the World More Secure?

While from a purely moral perspective, the R2P is a crucial step forward, we must remain extremely critical of what it can achieve in a world dominated by power politics.

Theoretically Justifying Human Rights: A Critical Analysis

Theoretically Justifying Human Rights: A Critical Analysis

Human rights are inherently paradoxical and changeable. In this respect, there is a need to rethink human rights based on difference, rather than sameness.

The UN during the Cold War: “A tool of superpower influence stymied by superpower conflict”?

The UN during the Cold War: “A tool of superpower influence stymied by superpower conflict”?

Rather than acting as a collective security system, the UN Security Council mostly remained divided throughout the Cold War and efficient UN action was often hindered by superpower conflict. Yet, undoubtedly the Cold War world was better off with the UN than without it.

Is Clausewitz or Sun Tzu more relevant to understanding contemporary war?

Is Clausewitz or Sun Tzu more relevant to understanding contemporary war?

There is no strategic theory that can, yet, fully replace the classical strategists Sun Tzu and Clausewitz. The information age and modern technology have not altered the fundamental nature of war. As long as the nature of war remains unchanged, it is the same phenomenon that Sun Tzu contemplated millennia ago and that Clausewitz studied in the nineteenth century.

Should the UN be reformed. How?

Should the UN be reformed. How?

Reform of the United Nations is a much debated subject constantly on the UN agenda. This essay argues that UN reform is necessary in order to strengthen the UN’s effectiveness as a multilateral organization, bring more transparency to the institution and enhance its credibility.

Why was so much at stake in Cuba in 1962?

Why was so much at stake in Cuba in 1962?

The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 constituted a classic foreign policy dilemma between the United States and the Soviet Union and was one of the most dangerous confrontations of the Cold War. This essay gives an overview of the complexity of the thirteen-day crisis. It shows that the balance of power, the credibility of the two superpowers and the future of Berlin were at stake, and makes clear how close it actually came to a nuclear showdown.

Rousseau and the social contract tradition

Rousseau and the social contract tradition

A social contract implies an agreement by the people on the rules and laws by which they are governed. The state of nature is the starting point for most social contract theories, an abstract idea considering what human life would look like without a government or a form of organized society. The system Rousseau sees as the solution to overcome society, which has corrupted mankind, is both vague and unalterable.

The Treaty of Lisbon: An Analysis

The Treaty of Lisbon: An Analysis

The Lisbon Treaty has not brought a revolutionary reform. The democratic deficit, though slightly improved, still has a long way to go, in terms of transparency, openness and public awareness of EU politics. It can be criticized for the tremendous complexity in itself, which doesn’t succeed in bringing the idea of a united Europe and what it entails closer to the people. In a nutshell, the Union is still far from reaching finalité politique.

How radically did Hobbes depart from the natural law tradition?

How radically did Hobbes depart from the natural law tradition?

There has been much debate on how to interpret Hobbes; especially whether he is to be understood as a materialist utilitarian, deducing his theory from an egoistic psychology and explaining obligation through rational calculation of self-interest, or whether, he is in fact, more of a Kantian deontologist adhering to the tradition of natural law. This essay argues against the latter position.

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