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The Airspace Tribunal and the case for a new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above

Grief, Nick (2020) The Airspace Tribunal and the case for a new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above. Journal of Digital War, . ISSN 2662-1975. (doi:10.1057/s42984-020-00023-w) (KAR id:79053)

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Abstract

Established in 2018, the Airspace Tribunal is a people’s tribunal that is examining the case for and against the recognition of a proposed new human right to live without physical or psychological threat from above. Drawing on the Airspace Tribunal’s first two hearings in London and Sydney, this article explains the Tribunal’s purpose and discusses the nature of the proposed right, why it is considered necessary, how it should be created and how it could strengthen international humanitarian law. It contends that a particuarly compelling argument in favour of the proposed right's recognition is the psychological impact on civilians of threats experienced from or through airspace. With further hearings planned in other parts of the world, the article concludes by emphasising that the Airspace Tribunal’s aim is to facilitate, continue and develop the vital conversation about protecting human dignity and promoting the universality of human rights in the face of growing threats to our existence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/s42984-020-00023-w
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Nick Grief
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 16:41 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79053 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Grief, Nick: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5695-6293
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