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Human Costs Of Nuclear War Are Driving Push Towards A Ban Treaty – Finally

The Conversation Global | Posted 03.27.2017 | Home
The Conversation Global

Wakana Mukai, University of Tokyo Even though nuclear powers and countries that fall under their security umbrella are expected to resist efforts to...

International Law vs. Realpolitik in the South China Sea

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.23.2017 | Home
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Merve Demirel A new Chinese cruise liner has started taking hundreds of Chinese tourists to the disputed areas in the South China Sea, where they c...

Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on Torture

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Halim Shebaya

Donald Trump is a man who defines himself by the number of norms he violates, according to Michael D’Antonio, the author of a biography, The Truth A...

"Breaking the Silence" -- NYC Conference Examines 20 Years Since Congo Invasion

Milton Allimadi | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Milton Allimadi

Twenty years ago today, in 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo, which was then known as Zaire. The 20th anniversary of the invasion of Congo and t...

Nuclear Standoff

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Values the size of Planet Earth are at stake, as the American presidential election grows ever smaller, ever pettier, ever more certain that rancor tr...

World to Japan: Stop Killing Whales

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 08.31.2016 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The World Conservation Congress passed with overwhelming support a motion today denouncing the killing of whales under the guise of science. The moti...

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

What Can Canada Do For Justice In Iraq And Syria?

Payam Akhavan | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Payam Akhavan

On June 14th, the House of Commons was the scene of a remarkable debate. The opposition had tabled a motion declaring atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Shia, and other minorities as "genocide".

Japan To Resume Whale Killings Despite Legal Challenge

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.30.2015 | Home

Japan’s whaling fleet will leave port today to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean as part of its new scientific program, NEWREP-A. Under the new p...

The US Is Still Manipulating the UN After 70 Years

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Seventy years after the founding of the UN, armed conflict continues to plague the world. The UN Charter forbids the use of military force except in self-defense after an armed attack by another state or when approved by the Security Council. Yet the three most recent US presidents have violated that command.

Hillary Clinton, Phosphates and Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

For more than a half-century, a series of United Nations resolutions and rulings by the International Court of Justice have underscored the rights of inhabitants of countries under colonial rule or foreign military occupation.

A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Here's the thing. This audacious lawsuit is a disarmament wedge. Since I wrote last week's column, I've been in touch with Laurie Ashton, the lead attorney for the case in U.S. federal court, and have read the brief appealing the suit's dismissal, which was filed last month. To get this close to the case -- to its language, to its soul -- is to feel possibility begin pulsing in a unique way.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | Home
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

UN Court: Serbia Did Not Commit Genocide In Croatia During Balkan Wars

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations' highest court ruled on Tuesday that neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed gen...

4 Things You Should Know About The Hague

Steven Arrigg Koh | Posted 10.27.2014 | Home
Steven Arrigg Koh

"The Hague" conjures up myriad and often mysterious images for people. Some envision international judges in long robes, presiding over somber criminal trials. Others recall quaint Dutch streets. Many, however, are unsure to what it refers.

How the Downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 Could Play Out in Court

Dr. Tai-Heng Cheng | Posted 09.21.2014 | Home
Dr. Tai-Heng Cheng

Although the International Court of Justice could take years to decide if Russia or Ukraine bear responsibility for the missile attack, bringing ICJ litigation could exert pressure on those countries to provide reparations to the victims' families and to take measures to ensure that such missile attacks are not repeated.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

Why Uganda's Sam Kutesa Must Not Be Allowed to Become UN General Assembly President

Milton Allimadi | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Milton Allimadi

Mr. Secretary, as a global citizen who still cherishes and believes in the ideals of the United Nations, I urge you to do the right thing and revoke Mr. Kutesa's visa.

Court: Japan Whaling Program Not For Scientific Ends

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

AMSTERDAM, March 31 (Reuters) - Japan's whaling program in seas near Antarctica is not for scientific purposes, judges at the U.N.'s highest court r...

Churches Slam Attempt To Withdraw Kenya From International Court of Justice

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) With Kenya’s president and his deputy facing trials at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, parliamentarians ...

China, Nicaragua and the Canal: Global Shipping with Chinese Characteristics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

A Chinese company and a former Sandinista revolutionary leader (three-time and current Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega) are teaming up to revive an old idea -- create an alternative to the Panama Canal that will traverse through Nicaragua.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

Romney the Liberal Internationalist?

Louis Klarevas | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Louis Klarevas

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shocked many on both sides of the political aisle when during Monday's debate on foreign policy he called for the arrest of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

An Israeli Military Strike Against Iran Would Be Illegal

Ben Gharagozli | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
Ben Gharagozli

Any Israeli attack on Iran would violate established principles of international law because Israel has not suffered an Iranian armed attack and is unable to prove that such an Iranian attack is imminent.