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International Law

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 ...

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.

This Is What Being 'Tough on Terror' Looks Like In East Jerusalem

Jacob Burns | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Jacob Burns

Every government has a duty to protect people under its rule from attack, but these measures must respect human rights and international humanitarian 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.