Amira Higazy

About Amira Higazy

Amira is a student at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Political Science. She is particularly interested in international human rights law, and the intersection of global politics and economics on key issues related to poverty, global income inequality, the environment and gender inequality. Her other major research interests include the economics of conflict, civil war and insurgency and environmental economics.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Announces Investigation Into Alleged War Crimes In Palestinian Territories

On Friday, December 20, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced the launch of a formal investigation into alleged war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza. This decision comes after the conclusion of a preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine revealing a reasonable basis to proceed […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Global Fight For Their Rights And Their Culture

Europe’s conquest of the non-European world since 1492 still has a lasting impact on Indigenous peoples across the world. As J. Marshall Beier states in Indigenous Diplomacies, “Even formal “decolonization” consequently fails to undo enduring legacies of colonialism, among which is often counted the postcolonial state itself.” In the past […]

U.S. Expands Sanctions Against Venezuelan Government 1

Last Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the expansion of sanctions against Venezuela into a full economic embargo. The executive order freezes all assets of Nicolás Maduro’s government and prohibits transactions with it, unless specifically exempted, stating that “the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services […]

Ethiopia Planted More Than 353 Million Tree Seedlings In 12-Hours To Tackle Climate Change

The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing a prolonged drought affecting mostly Somalia, northern Kenya, and south-eastern Ethiopia following the late and sub-optimal 2019 spring rains. As a result, crop planting was delayed, and pasture regeneration and replenishment of water sources did not materialize, further impacting the already dire food […]

Researchers Memorialize First Icelandic Glacier Lost To Climate Change

In 2014, scientists announced that Iceland’s first major glacier, Okjökul – famously known as ‘Ok’ – has disappeared. This August, researchers are commemorating the lost glacier with a monument and “A letter to the future” urging for climate action. The monument is scheduled to be installed at the site of […]