Responding to Human Rights Abuses in the Digital Era: New Tools, Old Challenges

Poblet Balcell, M and Kolieb, J 2018, 'Responding to Human Rights Abuses in the Digital Era: New Tools, Old Challenges', Stanford Journal of International Law, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 259-283.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Responding to Human Rights Abuses in the Digital Era: New Tools, Old Challenges
Author(s) Poblet Balcell, M
Kolieb, J
Year 2018
Journal name Stanford Journal of International Law
Volume number 54
Issue number 2
Start page 259
End page 283
Total pages 25
Publisher Stanford University School of Law
Abstract The twenty-first century cyberspace offers unprecedented opportunities for prosperity and development, but also a series of new and evolving threats to international peace, security, and human rights. For some years now, there have been sustained efforts from civil society groups across the world to harness the Internet for human rights causes. However, by publicising human rights abuses in near-real time to mass audiences, the new uses of digital technologies may also challenge the legitimacy of the international legal order itself, especially if states are not able to action their legal obligations to prevent those crimes. This Article examines some examples of the interplay between people, digital tools, and open data, and the capacity to deploy innovative digital ways to assist human rights monitoring. It also considers both the opportunities and challenges involved in using digital tools to assist in the prevention of egregious human rights abuses, such as war crimes and genocide. The paper concludes by reflecting on the impact of digital technologies on public perceptions about international law.
Subject Law and Society
Human Rights Law
International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
Keyword(s) human rights
international law
ISSN 0731-5082
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