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Rule of Law

10 Reasons Americans Should Celebrate Israel's Independence Day

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Arsen Ostrovsky

Is Israel perfect? No, of course not. It also makes mistakes and has problems. But at a time when many seek to unjustly delegitimize and demonize the Jewish State, it is well worth celebrating her many significant, indeed extraordinary contributions to society.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

The Invasion of Hong Kong -- the Law, Maids, and Locusts

Eric X. Li | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Eric X. Li

There is only one problem. The law. Yes, the much-cherished "rule of law" and the self-evident "human rights" it is supposed to protect. Hong Kong is a place held captive by an ideological narrative conceived and propagated by a few political and intellectual elites.

Rule of Law? Not for Megaupload! Paging Prof. John Yoo!

Marty Robins | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business
Marty Robins

I think both parties should be discussing the Obama Administration's recent failed attempt to replace Attorney General Eric Holder with Prof. John Yoo...

Blessed by Nature, Cursed by Politics

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.

Rule Of Law, Not Rule By Law for Egypt

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.26.2012 | World
Sahar Aziz

Egypt has a rich legal history that has produced one of the most complex and sophisticated legal systems in the Middle East. But this very system has been one of the strongest tools in the arsenal of Egypt's dictators.

Another Side to the Penn State Story

Marty Robins | Posted 01.21.2012 | Crime
Marty Robins

I have no idea whether Mr. Sandusky perpetrated these heinous acts or whether Dr. Spanier, Mr. Paterno, Mr. Curley, Mr. McQueary or anyone else knowingly or recklessly facilitated or even tolerated them. I do know that in America, we are innocent until proven guilty.

Outposts & the Abuse of Law in Service of the Settlements

Lara Friedman | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Lara Friedman

Outposts are again taking center stage in the settlements debate, as the Netanyahu government announces two new policies aimed at legalizing illegal outposts and sending a clear signal that it values settlements over negotiations, and it prefers "Greater Israel" to peace.

Qadri Verdict: Rule Of Law Still Alive In Pakistan?

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Regardless of one's position on the death penalty, the guilty verdict is a tremendous step forward in democracy and rule of law in Pakistan.

September 11, 2001: The Day the World Shifted

Don Kraus | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Ten years later, we know the policies of war have failed. Yet we still allow the fear generated by the horrors of 9/11 and the terrorist acts that followed to silence our better selves.

The Defining Moment of the Decade

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

Our Witness to Guantanamo project is documenting our nation's rule of law violations and human rights abuses post 9/11. To date, we have filmed interviews of 66 people in 11 countries.

To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.29.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than shame.

It's Time for High Standards at the High Court

Bob Edgar | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Without anyone paying much attention, our nation's highest court has moved beyond the kind of scrutiny Americans give the rest of our government.

Ai Weiwei: Artist, Dissident and ... Tax Evader?

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

If Ai Weiwei is determined to be a "personnel directly in charge" of the Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. he could potentially be criminally and economically liable.

Andrea Stone

U.S. Ranks Low On Access To Lawyers, Report Says | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States trails most of Western Europe in protecting the right of ordinary citizens to have access to a lawyer regardless of th...

Unleashing "Senator" Biden: What Happened to Judicial Appointments, the War Powers Resolution?

Peter M. Shane | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The Administration has nominated candidates for only 10 of 16 vacancies on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and 38 candidates for 72 vacancies in the District Courts. Why not give the Vice President a bigger role?

Mladic v. Bin Laden: A Tale of Two Raids

John Feffer | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
John Feffer

The peaceful arrest of Ratko Mladic signaled that Serbia is ready to become embedded in the web of rules and regulations of the EU. In contrast, the U.S. got its man, but demonstrated that it still hasn't grown out of its comic-book phase.

The Fallacies of the Torture Debate

Craig Martin | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Craig Martin

In the famous ticking time bomb hypothetical, it is moral to torture one person in order to save the lives of thousands, that the right to life trumps the right to physical integrity and security. This is a false construct.

Bin Laden's Death Sparks Rethinking of US Policy in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.

In Defense of Dylan in China

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Lynch

Maureen Dowd's virulent critique of Bob Dylan makes one wonder, where has she been in all of this? China's "harshest crackdown on artists, lawyers, writers and dissidents in a decade" didn't just start this weekend.

Free Ai Weiwei

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

Ai Weiwei and his art could be a symbol of China's growing leadership in the world, but the Chinese authorities have chosen instead to try and erase him from the national and cultural memory.

Mexico's Governance at a Crossroads

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

As a result of the Mexican government's failure to protect its citizens from expanding organized crime, Freedom House's 2011 survey downgrades Mexico from Free to Partly Free.

Without Human Rights We are Just Another Country

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Jan Honigsberg

A government that has held prisoners for over 9 years without charges -- and now acknowledges that it will continue to hold them -- cannot pretend that it is committed to human rights.

The Legal Implications of Military Intervention in Libya

Craig Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig Martin

The U.S. government is well advised to proceed very cautiously in its consideration of military options in the Middle East. The unlawful use of force is no way to encourage the emergence of democracies founded upon respect for the rule of law.

The Rule of Law and China's Recent Assault on Lawyers

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

I met Tang Jitian and was impressed with his understanding of his role in pushing the Chinese government to truly commit to a rule of law.