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A New Economic Approach to Human Rights

Responding to and disincentivising Human Rights violations is an essential function of our foreign policy. In this interdisciplinary piece, Ben explores the limitations of traditional policies addressing human rights abuses. Applying an economics kens to the issue, Ben considers a new approach and discusses its potential to transform policymaking in this area.

A clash between ethics and the market: price gouging and Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across the Southern United States, causing severe flooding and breakdowns in all sorts of essential infrastructure such as transport and communication. At some point, there seems to have been an erosion of the unwritten rules that form our social norms, and at the surface, it can appear that there are profiteers seeking to make a quick buck out of the desperate – price gouging.

West Papua – Genocide and Economic Marginalisation

Just some 300km north of our borders human rights violations are being committed on a vast scale. Torture, rape, extrajudicial killings, false imprisonment, and violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations are happening en masse, and it’s all being carried out in West Papua – one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

There has been a movement for West Papuan independence from Indonesia for half a century and this article, amongst other things, will hopefully show how economics is exacerbating the problem faced by the West Papuan people.

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