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A Question of Toleration:

By Chris C B Rogers, on 19 January 2015

By Chris Rogers


PIerre Bayle – early advocate of Toleration















In the aftermath of the Paris attacks the question of toleration has come to the for again, and a number of individuals wish to institute a policy of intolerance towards the intolerant.

‘We may be a tolerant society’, they argue, but we are not required to respect or even tolerate those who themselves are intolerant. To do so risks undermining the entirety of our own society (as was argued by Karl Popper). Morally, if they do not consider toleration something worth adhering to, surely they suspend their right to tolerance as well. Absolutism in favour of Toleration may even be considered, they argue, contradictory: if we are to hold toleration up as the ultimate good, we must necessarily hold intolerance as an intolerable evil. The position seems to collapse in on itself.


Is It Wrong To Make Money By Illustrating The Futility of War?

By Chris C B Rogers, on 22 December 2014

By Livio Liechti



Trench warfare was the determinant feature of the First World War, responsible for its immense deadliness and devastation. It also lead to the development of modern battle tanks and decisively shaped the design of timelessly popular trench coat. With its devastating effects on the life of millions of soldiers and the general deadlock entrenchment creates between two warring ground armies, it became a powerful symbol for the futility of war.

This futility was illustrated by the “Christmas truce” that took place early in the First World War in December 1914 on the Western Front. German and British soldiers left some of their dug in fortifications along the front line to meet in the no man’s land that separated their positions to talk, sing Christmas carols or even play football together. After this exchange of warm feelings, the fighting and killing resumed.


International Pressure on North Korea’s Human Rights Record

By Chris C B Rogers, on 21 December 2014

By Joanna Hong


via Roman Harak

This year North Korea has seen escalating international pressure concerning its human rights record.

On February 7, the 400-page United Nations Commission of Inquiry report on the human rights situation in North Korea disclosed harrowing details of crimes against humanity such as rape, torture, infanticide, forced labor, starvation, execution, and other atrocities, mostly committed in the political prison camp systems. Comparisons to Nazi Germany were made and the report cautioned that Kim Jong Un could be held accountable.

On November 18, the General Assembly released a resolution that called on the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for its crimes against humanity. With a vote of 111 to 19 with 55 abstentions, the resolution passed despite the vetoes from longtime allies China and Russia.


Turkmenistan’s energy policy

By Chris C B Rogers, on 5 December 2014

By Esmira Rzayeva


via Bilfinger


Turkmenistan is a country with the smallest population among Central Asian States. However, it has the world’s fifth largest estimated reserves of natural gas.[1] In 1998 the United Nations recognized the “permanent neutrality” status of Turkmenistan. The country will not engage in any military or political issues outside of the country. However, Turkmenistan wants diversify its energy policy in order not to be depended on Russia or China.


‘Challenges facing the International Court of Justice’

By Chris C B Rogers, on 23 November 2014


Thursday, 27 November 2014 from 17:30 to 19:00

‘Challenges facing the International Court of Justice: reflections of a Judge as he leaves office’

Sir Kenneth Keith – International Court of Justice

Judge Kenneth Keith will, next February, complete his 9 year term as one of the 15 judges of the World Court, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. A New Zealander he was earlier an academic, a lawyer in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Secretariat, a constitutional  and law reformer and a judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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IGG is a a university-wide initiative focused on harnessing the unique strengths of UCL as a multi-faculty global university to address the challenge of global governance. The IGG serves as a receptor site to coordinate, facilitate and implement a cross-disciplinary approach towards research, education and policy impact on one of the major global public policy issues of our age.