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International Law

Hillary Clinton, Phosphates and Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
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.

Is Being a Gaddafi a Crime?

Harris Ikonomopoulos | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Harris Ikonomopoulos

Had I not been entrusted in October 2014 by Safia Farkash Mohamed, Muammar Gaddafi's widow, to defend the future of her murdered son's minor child and...

Where is our Responsibility to Protect the North Korean People?

Sylvia Kim | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Sylvia Kim

Tensions between North and South Korea have been dominating news headlines with claims of a quasi-state of war. Tensions on the Korean peninsula are not uncommon. Unfortunately, neither is the repeated forgetfulness of the international community regarding the plight of the North Korean people.

Adoption From Abroad: Child Abuse and Extortion of Money From Families

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

August 11, 2015 Those of you who have read my blog posts in the past might know about the little girl adopted from abroad who has been waiting f...

No Justice for Cecil the Lion

Bill Blum | Posted 07.31.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

Cecil the 13-year-old Zimbabwe lion is dead but not forgotten. Nor should he be anytime soon by anyone concerned with issues of animal cruelty, white privilege, neocolonialism, global inequality, or international justice and extradition protocols and practices.

South China Sea: Philippines Running Out of Options

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China wants to hand down a fait accompli to both the international court and the next American administration by achieving de facto -- if not du jour -- domination over contested features in the South China Sea.

Tighten the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Action Plan

Thomas F. McInerney | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Thomas F. McInerney

There are compelling reasons for updating and tightening the Action Plan, most notably the need to halt nuclear weapons modernization, adopt metrics to gauge progress, and improve cooperation between parties.  

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

Law professor Harold Koh, a former Yale Law School Dean and former Legal Adviser to Hillary Clinton's State Department, hired by NYU to teach human ri...

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

To stand the test of time regardless of evolving technology, international law must "work" from all participants' standpoints, not just those nations which view themselves as most militarily powerful at the moment.

United States, Venezuela and UNASUR: 4 Questions

Paz Zarate | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Paz Zarate

The practical effects of the U.S. sanctions for the seven Venezuelan officials concerned are minimal. The impasse between Washington and Caracas will eventually be solved. But the final and most important question remains unanswered...

Surviving Without the Palestinian Authority

Alaa Tartir | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Alaa Tartir

Discontinuing security collaboration and reinventing the duties of the PA as a self-governing body of the Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza are crucial to addressing the power imbalances between the occupied and the occupier.

Samantha Lachman

How Palestinians Could Use Israel's Own Legal Analysis Before The ICC | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- The International Criminal Court announced Friday that it will open a preliminary examination of alleged war crimes committed in the Pal...

Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.

US Needs to Explain Decision Not to Prosecute Torturers

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

If US officials tortured people, and we know torture is, was and always has been illegal, why isn't the government prosecuting them? Maybe there's some complicated legal reason that isn't obvious to most of us why the evidence wouldn't hold up in court. If so, it's in the government's interest to explain what that is.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

The Bipartisan Congressional Attack on Human Rights and International Law

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that the people killed and the dwellings destroyed from Israeli bombing and shelling were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets and dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise.

Report Alleges Human Rights Abuses at DHS Facilities on the Mexican Border

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Detainees at short-term Department of Homeland Security facilities in Southern Arizona have faced "a long term pattern of human rights violations" according to a report released today.

Nicaragua's Proposed Interoceanic Canal: A Threat to the Environment and Indigenous Rights

Hazel Guardado | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Hazel Guardado

It is clear that Nicaragua, as the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western hemisphere, is in need of economic development. But what should development efforts look like?

Progressives Decry Obama as a Lawbreaker

Kevin Price | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Before Barack Obama was even elected he was called a "law breaker" by many Americans who didn't believe the Senator had met the basic requirement of ...

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is a Success, Even If Others Have Trouble Admitting It

Kip Hale | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kip Hale

The ECCC, on balance, is a major success for international criminal justice. The longevity of the international human rights and rule of law movement depends on building on such successes, while understanding the challenges in their context.

'Torturing Some Folks'

David Coleman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
David Coleman

President Obama is being praised by some for use of the term "torture" during a recent press conference when he referred to post-9/11 interrogation techniques employed on behalf of our government.

Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking.

Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

Paul Seils | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Seils

Citizens must see social institutions at work in their home countries, as it is there that courts can repudiate wrongdoing and reaffirm the most fundamental elements of the contract that binds a society together. It is there that having the dignity of a citizen can have its fullest meaning.

The United States, BNP Paribas and French Sovereignty

Salim Lamrani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By meekly complying to Washington's injunctions France has renounced its independence and permanently tarnished its image on the international scene.

Living With the Bomb, Pyongyang Style

Thomas H. Lee | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Thomas H. Lee

The Korean War started 64 years ago today on June 25, 1950. The time has come for the United States and the rest of the world to accept that North Korea has, or will soon have, nuclear weapons