The imagination of a drug-free world has brought about impossible monsters

HRDP Co-Director, Damon Barrett, addresses the plenary audience at the 2015 Drug Reform Conference in Washington, DC.  Video courtesy of Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

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Abolishing the Death Penalty for Drug Offenses: New Tools for the Debate

Lecturer: Dr Rick Lines, HRDP Chair, Executive Director, Harm Reduction International In this presentation given at the Asian Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty, Rick Lines reviews key arguments against the death penalty for drug …

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Human Rights in the Shadow of the "War on Drugs" University of Iceland, February 2015

HRDP Co-Director, Damon Barrett, delivers an open lecture at the University of Iceland on the key features of a human rights based approach to drugs.

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SAVE THE DATE: Human rights and drug policy summer school, University of Essex, July 2016

More details available soon...      Drug control is a neglected and under-researched human rights theme despite the scale of human rights abuses occurring in its name each year.  The relationship between international human rights law …

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The 'Fifth Stage' of Drug Control: International Law, Dynamic Interpretation and Human Rights

In this lecture at a conference at Edinburgh Law School, Dr Rick Lines gives an overview of his work on interpretive approaches to international drug control law. More background on the lecture in Edinburgh is also available …

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Into the breach: Drugs, control, and violating bad laws in good ways

* originally posted at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre blog: http://blogs.essex.ac.uk/hrc/2014/11/27/into-the-breach-drugs-control-and-violating-bad-laws-in-good-ways/  Into the breach: Drugs, control, and violating bad …

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Examining drug control through a human rights lens: The case of compulsory drug detention

The human rights impact of drug laws and policies is a new and emerging issue among human rights scholars and advocates. Using the issue of the compulsory detention of people who use drugs as a case study, this lecture will explore how methods for …

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War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

In  Slaughterhouse Five  Kurt Vonnegut imagines war in reverse. Bomber planes flying backwards over burning towns, the fires shrinking, the bombs being pulled into the bellies of the planes...the dismantling of weapons...the healing of wounds. …

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Call for Submissions - Journal of International Law and Drug Policy, Volume 3

The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy is currently seeking submissions for the third edition of its flagship publication, the Journal of International Law and Drug Policy . The Journal is the first and only international peer …

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