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Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity

John Feffer | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.

The Ghost and the Machine

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan's Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five. His father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer.

Shhh... Listen... It's a quiet revolution for war victims

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Humanitarians have for decades picked up the pieces of what's been broken in war. What if the warring parties themselves started taking some responsibility?

Caught in the Crosshairs: Legal Uncertainty over Drone Strikes Puts Civilians at Risk

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The question most consequential for civilians is who drones can kill. While civilian casualty figures attract media, little attention is paid to who counts as a "civilian" or non-combatant.

State Department To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.

Sri Lanka Execution Video Authentic UN Expert Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. human rights investigator said Thursday that a videotape of an apparent execution of blindfolded and naked Tamils by Sr...

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...