Global Justice Center Blog

Preventable Deaths in Cyclone Mocha and the Rohingya Genocide

Moderator: Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Center


  • Erin Rosenberg: visiting scholar, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
  • M. Arsalan Suleman: Foley Hoag, legal counsel to The Gambia in its case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice
  • Naw Hser Hser: Standing Committee member of Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO)
  • Tun Khin: President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

Differences ‘Getting Narrower’ on Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Treaty

Excerpt of Just Security op-ed co-authored by GJC President Akila Radhakrishnan.

States considering the International Law Commission’s draft articles for a proposed treaty on crimes against humanity sought to narrow their differences in a weeklong session last month that began an 18-month process of debate and discussion towards the goal — at long last — of negotiations to conclude a treaty on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity.

A diverse cross-section of States engaged substantively on a number of issues, and it was clear by the conclusion of the session that positive momentum continues to build. As State representatives and civil-society organizations meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to discuss a parallel process, negotiations for a multi-lateral mutual legal assistance treaty, we hope that it serves as a springboard to further support the momentum achieved on crimes against humanity.

Read the Article

Organizational Letter Endorsing the Freedom to Learn Campaign

As organizations, groups and initiatives committed to the pursuit of human and civil rights, advocating for marginalized communities and defending racial and gender justice in the United States, we are proud to endorse the Freedom to Learn campaign and announce our participation in the Freedom To Learn National Day of Action on May 3, 2023. We join the growing, global network of more than 5,000 academics, authors and advocates who oppose the censoring of critical content in public and higher education.

The Freedom To Learn Movement has grown in response to the College Board’s February 2023 decision to water down its new Advanced Placement African American Studies course curriculum. We stand united in the call to restore the teaching of critical frameworks like intersectionality and contemporary movements for Black lives to the AP course. But more than that, we recognize that this one decision is not isolated. It is part of a long history of Black erasure and an alarming, current political moment in which right-wing politicians are seeking to undermine democracy by limiting public access to history and ideas.

Download the Full Letter

The Decision Heard Around the World: The Global Impact of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Excerpt of American Bar Association op-ed authored by GJC President Akila Radhakrishnan.

When the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was revealed—first the leak and then the nearly identical ruling—the reverberations were felt not only across the United States but also around the world.

The decision elicited responses from a range of international actors. For instance, United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called the decision “a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.” The World Health Organization, which had released comprehensive new abortion guidelines just months before, responded by emphasizing that “safe abortion is health care.” And UN human rights experts denounced the ruling as “shocking and dangerous.”

Countries allied with the United States were also vocally—and surprisingly—critical. French President Emmanuel Macron called abortion a fundamental right and said he stood in solidarity with women in the United States, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the news “horrific,” and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stated that he was very worried about the decision’s implications and “the signal it sends to the world.”

Read the Article

50 Years of Ms.: The Pathfinding Magazine that Ignited a Revolution


  • Akila Radhakrishnan (President, Global Justice Center)
  • Eleanor Smeal (President and cofounder, the Feminist Majority Foundation)
  • Ileana Jimenez (Educator and editor of, Kathy Spillar (Executive editor of Ms. and executive director, Feminist Majority Foundation)
  • Premilla Nadasen (Barnard College history professor and Ms. contributor)
  • Cynthia Lopez HC (CEO of New York Women in Film & Television and Hunter College Foundation trustee)