Ramaphosa wins ANC party elections in South Africa

By Emma Ruiters, MSc Development Economics On the 18th December 2017, the African National Congress (ANC) elected Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, as their president. Ramaphosa took charge of the party of Mandela after defeating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68, ex-wife of current South African president Jacob Zuma. The ANC has been in power for over 23 years since […]

Oslo District Court says yes to arctic drilling

By Ludovica Longo, BA Politics and Geography The Oslo District Court has recently declared the opening of the last untouched area of the Barents sea to new oil extractions as constitutional and as compatible with both the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees ambitious objective and with the newly strengthened Article 112 of the Norwegian Constitution. Norway […]

Brexit and the Environment: Has the government broken international law?

By Lucy Beach, BA History The UN affiliated Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee is currently considering a complaint from the environmental group, Friends of the Earth, who have accused the UK government of breaching international environmental law in the EU withdrawal bill. The complaint is in regards to the Aarhus Convention, a rights-based treaty that ensures […]

May’s cabinet reshuffle falls flat

By Tom Matsuda, BA Japanese and International Relations  In an effort to re-assert her control over her party, Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet. The news comes after her political power has been stifled by the loss of her majority in last summer’s election. The move, labelled as “pointless and lackluster” by Labour […]