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Climate activists held demonstrations in front of International Convention Center to protest the negative effects of climate change. Photo by Mohamed Abdel Hamid/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate justice and equity

COP27 delivered significant progress on finance for loss and damage. But it remains to be seen whether this will translate into action.
New York police respond to a shooting in Brooklyn in April 2021, amid a rise in shootings that year. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Crime is on the ballot – and voters are choosing whether prosecutors with reform agendas are the ones who can best bring law, order and justice

A new wave of prosecutors, known as progressives, say that public safety can exist with policies like eliminating cash bail for people charged with low-level offenses.
Laws from different places and eras largely reflect a universal human sense of justice. simpson33/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Intuitions about justice are a consistent part of human nature across cultures and millennia

What people consider to be fair and just today are in line with the laws of ancient Mesopotamia and the Tang Dynasty in China – suggesting that these intuitions are part of human nature.
Prisoners and staff share responsibility for taking care of the fish tank at the ‘Little Scandinavia’ housing unit in a Pennsylvania prison. Commonwealth Media Services

A Pennsylvania prison gets a Scandinavian-style makeover – and shows how the US penal system could become more humane

A pilot project at a Pennsylvania prison is trying out lessons from Scandinavia that could offer some ideas for reforming US prisons.
A Department of Justice photo shows of documents seized during its Mar-a-Lago search. Department of Justice via Associated Press

Trump faces possible obstruction of justice charges for concealing classified government documents – 2 important things to know about what this means

A government filing on August 30, 2022, alleges that efforts were likely taken “to obstruct the government’s investigation” into classified documents held at Donald Trump’s Florida home.
Temporary security fencing surrounds the U.S. Supreme Court building, ahead of its decision on abortion. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

State courts from Oregon to Georgia will now decide who – if anyone – can get an abortion under 50 different state constitutions

State supreme courts have a relatively low profile in the US. That’s going to change now that they will be under political pressure to decide whether abortion is protected in state constitutions.
There is plenty we still don’t understand about how anger influences behaviour. (Erinn Acland)

Fanning the flames: How anger fuels violent crime in youth

Violent crime causes untold harm and anger is known to fuel violence. But recent research suggests that the way anger and crime tie together in youth is a bit more complicated than expected.
A culture of better service and use of minimal force are key to improving public confidence in the South African Police Service. GCIS/Flickr

South Africans have low trust in their police. Here’s why

Perceptions that South African police treat people disrespectfully, lack impartiality or transparency, and are prone to brutality undermine public confidence in them.
Prince Misuzulu, second from the left, attends the provincial memorial service for his mother, the late Mantfombi Dlamini, at the Khangelakamankegane Royal Palace in Nongoma, in May 2021. AFP via Getty Images

What the Zulu kingship judgment tells us about the future of South African customary law

When judges, legislators, and policymakers neglect the foundational dynamics of indigenous customs, they worsen conflict between indigenous laws and state laws.
Ajay, right, and Atul Gupta are on the run from the law in South Africa. Their sibling Rajesh is wanted on fraud and money laundering along with Atul. Pic: Martin Rhodes. 02/03/2011. © Business Day

Interpol red notice: what it means and why South Africa requested it

A judicial commission has found that the Guptas orchestrated massive corruption and the capture of the South African state, with the help of their friend, former president Jacob Zuma.

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