March 17, 2019

With an increasingly rapid technology-driven news cycle, ongoing worldwide political crises occupy space in the collective consciousness for less and less time, with the exception of a few intermittently covered hot-button issues. Issues receiving particularly minimal attention also tend to be those with little to no relation to Western peoples, which in turn leads to a lack of awareness and aid from Western powers.

The human r...

May 20, 2018

On the cloudy evening of Monday 9th April, students gathered in the Hotel du Vin to listen intently as the Lafayette Club’s latest guest, the Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO of food giant Nestlé, enlightened us as to the ways in which his company plans to help each one of us to lead “a better life”.

Brabeck takes us on a captivating “journey” of two dimensions: from the beginning to the end of life, and from the earliest histo...

April 29, 2018

The South African Apartheid, which systematically separated the black and white populations--was officially dismantled in 1991. Before the Apartheid, native South Africans underwent hundreds of years of subjugation under white imperialist countries, namely the Dutch and the British. Stemming from centuries-long white suppression, the end of the Apartheid did not succeed in accomplishing total equality; in fact, wealth inequali...

April 5, 2018

Water scarcity is one of the most imminent challenges the world currently faces. As a result of lack of access to or a physical shortage of water, 700 million people face a water scarcity crisis. Even more startling is the 1.6 billion people who face economic water shortage because their state cannot afford water infrastructure. Moreover, water consumption throughout the last century has increased at twice the rate per populat...

March 18, 2018

Politics, corporate interests, and climate change are intersecting within the changing demographics of an increasingly globalised world. Drought is beginning to pervade our world in unimaginable ways. How do these issues affect access to potable water worldwide? This discussion will delve into the implications for human rights, with focus on a Bolivian case study and the current Cape Town water crisis. 

Original air date: March...

March 9, 2018

It can seem as though there’s no escaping from water. After all, it covers over 2/3 of the surface of the planet, and comprises 60% of the human body. It boils freely in pan and kettle, and runs instantaneously at the twist of a tap. It fills lochs and lakes, and rushes in streams or rivers. And on a bleak February night in Scotland, it pours. Why, then, is water so scarce?

Water scarcity is most commonly associated with develo...

March 1, 2018


In the wake of Valentine’s Day, some of our dear Protocol readers may currently be wearing a new necklace, bracelet, or ring from a loved one (or secret admirer). Gifting jewellery is extremely popular, with Americans spending more on jewellery than on any other gift for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day in 2017, purchasing nearly $10 billion worth of jewellery over the two holidays combined. If your gift-giver felt especially fla...

February 22, 2018

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the primary international organisation advocating for refugee rights. The UNHCR 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees constitute the fundamental international legal instrument for the protection of refugee rights. According to Article 1A(2), a refugee is defined as a person who:

Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecu...

February 7, 2018

In 2013, the day after Faith organized an anti-rape protest in the south west Democratic Republic of Congo, government policemen came to her home, murdered her husband, beat her children, and raped her niece while forcing her to watch. They then took Faith to prison where she lost count of how many times she was raped and beaten (Freedom From Torture). In the DRC, which has been dubbed ‘the rape capital of the world’ and ‘the...

January 31, 2018

“Human rights are not optional norms” stated Professor Surya Deva, the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations, at the opening plenary at the sixth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum took place in November 2017 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, the home of modern human rights (and terrible sandwiches, apparently). Its mandate is to create a global platform...

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