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U.S. Attack on Syria Would Violate International Law

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Dan Kovalik

The U.S. is a founding member of the UN and a party to the UN Charter which, at its core, was designed, in response to the devastation wrought by WWII, to prevent aggressive war of the type the Obama Administration is contemplating.

Mr. President, Here Is a Viable Non-Military Option for Syria

Kip Hale | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Kip Hale

It is time to discuss a non-military intervention that adheres to and reinforces the rule of law as well as encourages a political solution. It is time to discuss a contingent referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Syria: If the Tomahawk Missiles Fly, Peace Must Be the Target

Gordon Marino | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Gordon Marino

If President Obama elects to pull the trigger and let the Tomahawk missiles fly, the singular target of those missiles must be peace and the well being of the Syrian people.

America Must Close the Syrian Box

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

The whole world really is watching. Obama did not create this box, the Assad government did that. Now the box has been opened -- we have to try and close it up again.

International Law and the U.S. Military Strikes on Syria

Craig Martin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

A use of military force for the primary purpose of defending American "credibility," in which many innocent people will be killed, and in which the normative power of the international legal order will again be undermined, is not only unlawful, but is also illegitimate and unjust.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.

Getting Off the Wheel of Misfortune: US Policy and Syrian Suffering

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Lisa Schirch

Syria is yet another tragedy where the U.S. has no good options, and this is partly a result of its own inconsistent and contradictory policy and goals. Ending violence in Syria requires a long-term solution. There just isn't any quick fix.

Civil Society: A Powerful Voice That Cannot Be Ignored

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Despite the summer lull, the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to receive the attention of the international media. On July 17 the Day for International Criminal Justice marked the achievements of the international community in the fight against impunity.

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: The Haitian Cholera Epidemic and the Moral Legitimacy of the United Nations

Beatrice Lindstrom | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Beatrice Lindstrom

Cholera, a water-borne disease that can kill in a matter of hours, was introduced into Haiti via untreated human waste that leaked from a UN peacekeeping base into the river that serves as the water source for tens of thousands of Haitians.

The Other Final Frontier: Energy Development in the Emergent North

Peter Gardett | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Peter Gardett

New evidence that the far northern reaches of the globe are becoming increasingly passable and habitable means that the last 100 years may be seen as just a break in the story of development and settlement.

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

There are two men, both of whom, Washington is convinced, must be brought in: one to face "justice," one to escape it. And all of this is a given, nothing that needs to be explained or justified to anyone anywhere.

International Criminal Justice Day: Making the Impossible Possible

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Today, celebrating the Day of International Criminal Justice, is a perfect occasion to not only commemorate the strides that have been made toward ending impunity but to also demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring accountability for crimes that threaten the peace, security, and well-being of the world.

On International Justice Day, an Inconvenient Truth

Amnesty International | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Amnesty International

By Scott Edwards Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law create...

International Cyber Security at the UN: Between Doom and Hesitant Optimism

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Lia Petridis Maiello

Clearly, establishing a worldwide regulatory framework for Internet security will require staying power, juridical skill and a strong belief in the need to protect both the integrity of vital Internet resources and the lives of those threatened by cyber insecurity.

The United States and the ICC: Support From Outside of the Rome Statute System Matters

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is a court of last resort ready to step in if everything else fails, and over the past ten years it has gained wide recognition for its work. At the same time the Rome Statute system is lacking enforcement mechanisms in cases of a refusal to cooperate.

Boston and the Dangerous Calls for 'Enemy Combatant' Status

Craig Martin | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

We should appreciate the potential ramifications of employing principles of LOAC to a domestic situation.

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Would you buy a conflict diamond, purchase a slave, or bank dividends from Auschwitz? Of course you wouldn't -- those are all questions of conscience...

The Choice of Brennan Offers Rare Glimpse Into America's Clandestine War Abroad

Daniel Medina | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Obama, who campaigned in 2008 on an anti-war platform pledging to lead America on a different course abroad, is arguably not the same president he was four years ago.

The Absence of R2P in Syria

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 04.12.2013 | World
K.J. Wetherholt

It's about time we deal with international crisis with more than the powerlessness of platitudes.

Whitewashing Genocide

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.20.2013 | World
Diana Jenkins

The United Nations, which is supposed to represent the best of our collective aspirations for justice and human rights, yesterday represented the worst.

Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

Judging the Jessup in Afghanistan

Stephenie Foster | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Stephenie Foster

Stories about Afghanistan are often told in large set pieces about war, violence and regional history. And, in fact, those stories are critical to understanding the region, the country and the life that people live. But I am attracted to the small stories, the details that can easily be missed.

Working With Javier Bardem for Justice in Western Sahara

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

In August of last year, I led an international delegation to evaluate the human rights situation of the Sahrawi people in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.