The Sword’s Other Edge: Tradeoffs in the Pursuit of Military Effectiveness

The Sword’s Other Edge establishes various compromises that come about in the pursuit of military power. The idea that pursuing military power can boomerang recalls the Vietnam War, when the use of American firepower in the attempt to crush the Communist threat failed, and backfired.…


Failures of redress, or when is a grievance mechanism not a grievance mechanism?

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect companies to establish operational-level grievance mechanisms for individuals and communities adversely impacted by company operations (Guiding Principle 29).…


Evidence for Presence of Snow Leopards Only Found in 75% of Himachal Pradesh’s Potential Habitat

Study finds that snow leopards only use three quarters of the presumed snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh, India, raising questions about the way we map the cat’s distribution.…


Innovation in Library and Information Services: a view from Dr Rama Patnaik, IIM, Bangalore

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce that it has recently set up its South Asian Librarian Advisory Board [SALAB].  The new board, whose fourteen members are senior librarians from universities across the whole of India, enjoyed a very successful meeting in New Delhi at the end of October.


Discrimination, Copyright and Equality

Why did I write Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the E-Book for the Print Disabled?  Since losing my eyesight in 1993 in a train accident I wanted to enjoy reading equality but was denied this right.  Then E-Books opened a new world and I had to put my international disability rights expertise to work to make sure law and policy makers understood the implications and legal framework in which they can now provide reading equality for millions of print disabled across the world.…


Writing comparative and transnational histories in twenty-first century Ireland

This blog accompanies the new special issue of Irish Historical Studies, Ireland and Finland, 1860–1930: Comparative and Transnational Histories. Just over twenty years ago, the central debate among Irish historians could be presented as one between two competing strands of conservatism.…


Obligations to respect and protect human rights are meaningless without access to remedy in states where the rule of law is weak: The example of Myanmar

The right to effective remedy – the ‘third pillar’ of the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGPS) – is already a fundamental human right.…