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Enemies of All Mankind

Stephen Sedley: Pirates

24 June 2010
The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law 
by Nigel Rodley, with Matt Pollard.
Oxford, 697 pp., £85, August 2009, 978 0 19 921507 2
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The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations 
by Daniel Heller-Roazen.
Zone, 295 pp., £21.95, November 2009, 978 1 890951 94 8
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The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates 
by Peter Leeson.
Princeton, 271 pp., £16.95, May 2009, 978 0 691 13747 6
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... have forfeited all rights both as combatants and civilians: in short, a new class of outlaw. The potential impact of this doctrine on the morality of state conduct can be gauged by the new edition of NigelRodley’s classic work on the treatment of prisoners, both lawful and de facto. Rodley, an academic lawyer and a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, accepts that international law has been ...

A Grand and Disastrous Deceit

Philippe Sands: The Chilcot Report

27 July 2016
The Report of the Iraq Inquiry 
by John Chilcot.
HMSO, 12 vols, 6275 pp., £767, 1 4741 3331 2
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... head of legal affairs at the UN (the Iraq war was ‘an illegal act’ which ‘damaged the UK’s standing’ and ‘undermined’ the UN Charter and the credibility of the Security Council); and NigelRodley, the UK member of the UN Human Rights Committee (‘the conclusion … is inescapable: an unlawful use of force on such a scale amounts to the crime of aggression’). The inquiry says it used ...

‘Make sure you say that you were treated properly’

Gareth Peirce: Torture, Secrecy and the British State

14 May 2009
... exercises, exposure to extremes of temperature, the use of noise and ‘chair’ torture. It is from these and their predecessors that the Americans have drawn for the last seven years. In 1997, NigelRodley, then the UN special rapporteur on torture, very specifically reaffirmed his condemnation of these methods as torture: Each of these measures on its own may not provoke severe pain or ...

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