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International Court of Justice

4 Things You Should Know About The Hague

Steven Arrigg Koh | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Steven Arrigg Koh

"The Hague" conjures up myriad and often mysterious images for people. Some envision international judges in long robes, presiding over somber criminal trials. Others recall quaint Dutch streets. Many, however, are unsure to what it refers.

How the Downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 Could Play Out in Court

Dr. Tai-Heng Cheng | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Dr. Tai-Heng Cheng

Although the International Court of Justice could take years to decide if Russia or Ukraine bear responsibility for the missile attack, bringing ICJ litigation could exert pressure on those countries to provide reparations to the victims' families and to take measures to ensure that such missile attacks are not repeated.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

Why Uganda's Sam Kutesa Must Not Be Allowed to Become UN General Assembly President

Milton Allimadi | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Milton Allimadi

Mr. Secretary, as a global citizen who still cherishes and believes in the ideals of the United Nations, I urge you to do the right thing and revoke Mr. Kutesa's visa.

Tiny Pacific Nation Sues World's Nuclear Powers Over Failure To Disarm

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations wit...

Court: Japan Whaling Program Not For Scientific Ends

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

AMSTERDAM, March 31 (Reuters) - Japan's whaling program in seas near Antarctica is not for scientific purposes, judges at the U.N.'s highest court r...

Japan Ordered To Suspend Controversial Whaling Program

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The future of whaling in Japan was thrown into doubt after the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that the na...

Churches Slam Attempt To Withdraw Kenya From International Court of Justice

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) With Kenya’s president and his deputy facing trials at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, parliamentarians ...

China, Nicaragua and the Canal: Global Shipping with Chinese Characteristics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

A Chinese company and a former Sandinista revolutionary leader (three-time and current Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega) are teaming up to revive an old idea -- create an alternative to the Panama Canal that will traverse through Nicaragua.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

Romney the Liberal Internationalist?

Louis Klarevas | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Louis Klarevas

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shocked many on both sides of the political aisle when during Monday's debate on foreign policy he called for the arrest of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

An Israeli Military Strike Against Iran Would Be Illegal

Ben Gharagozli | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Ben Gharagozli

Any Israeli attack on Iran would violate established principles of international law because Israel has not suffered an Iranian armed attack and is unable to prove that such an Iranian attack is imminent.

Group Files War-crimes Complaint Against Calderon

AP | Posted 11.27.2011 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican activists lodged a war-crimes complaint Friday against President Felipe Calderon at the International Criminal Court, claiming ...

Libya Condemns UK For Recognising Rebel Council

PA | Posted 09.26.2011 | Home

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Muammar Gaddafi's regime has condemned the UK for recognising the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the "sole governme...

The Hariri Inquiry: Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Shi'ite terrorist group Hezbollah, claiming to be Lebanon's guardian against alleged Israeli Aggression committed a murder of a Sunni leader, who was a proud Lebanese patriot

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

A "Progressive Hero?" Time to Think Outside of the Boxer

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Democracy for America doesn't seem to have a problem with backing those who support the self-destructive policies of Netanyahu, though they would refuse to support those who backed the same kinds of policies under Bush.

The World Court's Decision on Kosovo Reinforces Georgia's Case

Payam Akhavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Payam Akhavan

Georgia's case that victims of ethnic cleansing have an undeniable right to return to their homes and villages and that Russia's illegal occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia must end has now been strengthened.

US and EU Man in Kosovo: Is He the Chosen One or the Only Candidate Left?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

The International Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of Kosovo's right to declare independence has opened the door for Kosovo to enter the family of sovereign states. The task falls to Kosovo's powerful Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

The Meanings of Kosovo

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

To fair-minded Muslims willing to question the hate preachers and conspiracists in their communities, there is no better proof of America's decency than American leadership during the Kosovo crisis.

Kosovo's Independence Is Legal, UN Court Rules

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations' highest court ruled Thursday that Kosovo's declaration of independence was legal, dealing a blow to...

Australia Sues Japan Over Whaling

AP | SHINO YUASA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan said Tuesday it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year, a day after Australia filed an in...

Searching for Accountability in Gaza

Richard Bennet and Nicholas Quin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Bennet and Nicholas Quin

In handling the case of the Gaza airstrikes, any war crimes prosecutor would be dealing with a mere snapshot of the greater Arab-Israeli conflict.