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International Law

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 04.13.2015 | 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.

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

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Results of the UN CCW Meeting on Killer Robots

Heather Roff | Posted 07.17.2014 | Technology
Heather Roff

This past week, state delegates to the United Nations (UN) convened under the auspices of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) to listen to ex...

The Nigerian Government Should Be Held Accountable for Its Failure to Act

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

The international community needs to send a strong message to Nigerian officials: Your government and military will be held responsible for any harm that may befall these girls as a result of your failure to act in a timely manner.

Stop the War on International Law

Don Kraus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Don Kraus

Whether you care about stopping climate change, getting rid of nuclear weapons, ending genocide or support human rights for all, it is past time to acknowledge and stop our self-destructive war on international law.

International Law's Legacy vs. The Cases of Ukraine and Syria

Karen J. Alter | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Alter

If we accept that violations of the law will exist, we must also accept that the failure to remedy violations will sow doubt. And sometimes people will get away with murder even if they should not.

Obama to Putin: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Dear President Obama: It is important to remember that whatever moral leverage you may have had in the court of world opinion has been sacrificed by the precedents set by previous American presidents who did not do what you say Mr. Putin should do -- obey international law.