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Seth Engel

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Why You Should Be a Lawyer

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:15 PM

What do you want to be when you grow up?

God, if I had a lira for every time I was asked that question as a kid, I would be able to buy... well, a lot of cappuccinos. For some reason, adults assume kids have no worries or ambitions of...

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Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 11:12 AM

The difficulties inherent in the elusive search for international justice have been highlighted in neon by recent events in Cairo. Ever since the post-World War II Nuremberg trials of Nazi officers, international justice has been an issue that perplexes legal scholars, frustrates activists, and complicates post-conflict resolution. And...

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Apartment Hunting In Paris

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Why is something as simple as finding a place to sleep at night so difficult in a modern Paris? Why are the apartment prices so high? Why are the districts so segregated? And why did the Socialist government allow capitalism to have gotten so out of hand?


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Recovery in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:00 PM


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From 9/11 to Libya: Why There Is No "Us" and "Them"

(4) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 4:15 PM

The post-9/11 American question, reflexively posed by a confounded and furious public to the gravest tragedy ever to occur on U.S. soil, was, "Why do they hate us?" Today, as Americans are glued to the images of their country's flag-burning and its embassies attacked in over a dozen countries across...

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A Homecoming: On Air Conditioning in America

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 12:37 PM


Leaving our hometowns and traveling abroad does indeed open our eyes to foreign places -- but perhaps more importantly, it opens our eyes to the places we leave.

I grew up in the small harbor town of Northport, N.Y., which is flanked by...

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Trapped in Libya

(9) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Here's what's bound to be a popular question on international law exams for first-year law students: What do you get when you mix a bungled international prosecution, an intransigent Security Council, and a transitional government with no respect for the rule of law? The correct response, as we have learned...

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Austerity Measures Are Worse at Easter

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Concerns about Europe's ailing economy simmer but resist boiling over. The U.S. trade deficit narrows, Spanish bond prices are on the rise, and German exports continue to surge. All of this during a nearly worldwide election year, including in Greece and France this coming...

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Turn Towards Africa

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Traces of the 2012 U.S. Republican campaign will no doubt imprint politics for years, particularly for its virulence against women and minorities: attacks on food stamps, claims that women aren't fit for combat, callous remarks on women's health, and barely suppressed...

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Jeremy Lin and What It Means to Be an Underdog

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Lin-sanity! Lin-VP! Lay-up for the Lin!

A Harvard grad with a name worth $14 million in advertising deals is being praised as a hero of the downtrodden, an underdog who made it big, and the savior of both the Knicks (who have always needed saving) and

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A Tale of Two Ads

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 11:23 AM

If you were asked before Super Bowl Sunday what Clint Eastwood and a young Asian lady have in common, you might have been lost for words. Now we know that these two people are the new epicenters of the controversy surrounding Republican foreign policy.

Karl Rove has painted...

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Investigating Kenya: What's In A Name?

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Diplomats, scholars and lawyers from around the world united to create the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998 after decades of dogged effort to bring war criminals to justice, combat impunity for dictators, and provide a small measure of relief to victims of torture, forced deportation, rape, and genocide.


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American War Crimes: Commanders' Responsibility

(15) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 2:41 PM

A video went viral on January 11 portraying four United States marines urinating on the bodies of killed Afghanis. The Navy quickly assured criminal investigation, and the story dropped out of the news cycle, ensuring that the American public would forget it as well. Avoiding critical...

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Being A (Temporary) Ambassador To France

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I am always shocked when I meet a full-grown adult who has never left the United States, a person who -- out of choice, not economic constraint -- willingly never leaves their national soil to step onto foreign land. Some even go so far as to call travelling and the...

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The Libya Trial -- Victor's Justice at the ICC?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Please, please, don't make us look stupid!

Is the International Criminal Court (ICC) begging the Libyan government? It seems to be, in its most recent request for information regarding the trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was indicted for crimes against humanity by the Pre-Trial Chamber...

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How Tom Cruise Is Stealing Your Liberty

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 5:03 PM

In Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, a 50-year-old Tom Cruise climbs the world's tallest building with one hand. He thwarts the doomsday plot of a less-developed version of Professor Moriarty while simultaneously proving that his split with Katie Holmes was actually a gallant attempt to protect her...

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Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

(17) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Having a bike in the Netherlands is as essential as having a car in Los Angeles, an iPhone in New York, or a lover in Paris. So you can imagine my dismay when my bike fell apart beneath me one rainy morning while I was living in The Hague.


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Releasing Callixte: the Best Decision the ICC Has Ever Made

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 1:44 PM

There has finally been a decision for which I would applaud the International Criminal Court (ICC). Last week the Pre-Trial Chamber I (PTC-I) ordered the release of Callixte Mbarushimana, the former Executive Secretary of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in the Democratic Republic...

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Eurozone Woes - Is The Union Falling Apart?

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 9:02 AM

Budgets, deficits, and austerity. Those three words seem to be all we hear out of Europe these days. The new proposed treaty amendments focus nearly exclusively on centralizing spending oversight and balancing budgets. It seems that German chancellor Angela Merkel (who, by the way, bears a striking resemblance...

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A Note to Law School Students

(8) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 3:48 PM

It's that wonderful time of the year -- finals season! Upon leaving the Georgetown Law library last night, the flashing red of an ambulance caught my eye from the other side campus. The ambulance was parked adjacent to the dormitory, so this time it couldn't be for our neighbors, the...

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