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China Can’t Ignore the Hague’s Decision—But it Can Avoid It

Jill Goldenziel | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Jill Goldenziel

China has dismissed the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s legal ruling for the Philippines over claims in the South China Sea as a mere “piece of w...

Nukes, Gaps, and International Law - Clearing Metaphorical Entanglements

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

Twenty years ago next week, on 8 July 1996, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion regarding nuclear weapons. In a decision that split its fourteen-member bench, the court found, with the president's casting vote:

A Climate Deal That Counts: How Compliance Could Evolve in the New Global Deal

Celine Herweijer | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Celine Herweijer

In New York this Friday, the UN Secretary General will welcome a stream of Heads of State to a signing ceremony for the historic global climate deal agreed in Paris last year.

American Politicians Sign Bad Trade Agreements Because They Don't Understand International Law

Ian Fletcher | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

America's trade diplomacy leaves America naked in a world where other nations pursue the most sophisticated mercantilist policies their bureaucrats can devise, backed up by disciplined diplomacy that puts economic objectives first and doesn't take treaty law too literally.

Serbian Ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj's Acquittal: A Travesty of Justice

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On March 31, 2016, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) controversially acquitted Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj of war crimes.

The Hague Convention and International Child Abduction

Brad Reid | Posted 04.06.2016 | Divorce
Brad Reid

The "Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction," commonly called the Hague Convention, has been adopted by over 90 nations. It ...

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

The U.S. Government Finally Admitted ISIS Is Committing Genocide. Yet a Complacent World Risks Repeating the Tragedy of 1994.

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Michael Shammas

Three years ago, as I sat in a cozy coffee shop writing a Huffington Post entry on the Syrian Civil War that remains depressingly relevant today, peop...

South Africa's Shapeshifting Position on International Justice?

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

Source: Journalists For Justice On Tuesday, March 15, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed the government's leave to appeal the ...

Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Support Israeli Settlements and Expansionism

Stephen Zunes | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This summer, Congress passed a trade bill that, for the first time, formally defines "Israel" as including Arab territories that are recognized by the international community as under foreign belligerent occupation.

To End No Wars

John Feffer | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
John Feffer

It's become commonplace to speak of the global war on terror as a "forever war." But perhaps the problem runs a great deal deeper. Perhaps we are no longer able to end any wars.

Refoulement Violates International Law

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

While Merkel deserves credit for taking in one million migrants and refugees, she and European leaders must remember the lessons of World War II. Appeasement does not work. Refoulement is an illegal and unethical solution to Europe's refugee crisis.

Trump: I Swear I Won't Order The Military To Break International Law

The Wall Street Journal | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday he wouldn’t order the U.S. military to break international laws, addressing...

The Nile Basin Initiative and The Crisis of Collective Negotiations

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 02.23.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

There is no doubt that Egypt faces a slew of challenges and potentially dire consequences related to the Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is currently constructing at the headwaters of the Nile.

Hillary Clinton's strident opposition to the International Criminal Court

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This article originally appeared in NCR Today, January 18, 2016 Supporters of international law have expressed consternation that the leading candid...

Jewish Mother Stands Up Against the Trans Pacific Partnership

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Judy Frankel

After I gave a few examples of how the TPP can ruin the lives of Americans, (which I recorded), I admonished the young man from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his dereliction of duty in laying out the whole truth.

Puerto Rico Is Up In Arms Because The Obama Administration Basically Just Called It A Colony

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

As the federal government's lead lawyer before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has an important but relatively narrow role: ...

International Law: The Case of Turkey

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Constantine Tzanos

In the aftermath of the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, on 27 November 2015, Greek prime minister Tsipras tweeted to Turkish prime minister, Ah...

The New Center: Between the Right's Bigotry and the Left's Apologism

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.

Why Are We Waging War on the People of Yemen?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

War has resulted in nearly six thousand deaths and massive destruction of Yemen's infrastructure. A land, aerial and naval blockade that prevents the import of food, fuel, and medicines has dramatically amplified the devastation.

Why International Law Matters in a Post-ISIS Era

Sylvia Kim | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Sylvia Kim

Rather than dismissing the power and potential of international law, legal experts and policy makers from around the world need to continue developing innovative and collaborative methods for better dealing with global acts of terror.

Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

It Must Not End in War... and It Doesn't Have to

Madeleine Rees | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Madeleine Rees

What happened in Paris was horrific. The reality of war again in Europe. A reality that is the daily experience for ordinary people in Syria, Iraq, Li...

China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

Philippines vs. China: International Law or Rule of the Jungle?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Earlier this month, many Filipinos, who are sick and tired of chronic corruption, were annoyed by the United Nations' (UN) decision to slam the Filipino government's detention of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of Philippines' most unpopular politicians in history.