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Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

The Price We Must Pay For International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Kip Hale

Within a large convention hall in the suburbs of The Hague, The Netherlands, one of the most important matters in international justice is under debate, and sadly, only the most ardent stakeholders are paying attention.

Strikes, Bites and Blood: The Graphic Case for Releasing Morgan, the Wild-Born Orca, from Captivity

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

For the young female orca known as Morgan, the brutal bullying by the other orcas at Loro Parque is the sad reality she faces for the rest of her life unless a court in the Netherlands intervenes.

Africa Rising

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivanley Noisette

Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.

Five Specific Questions Journalists Should Ask About the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Although it was a great first step that Bob Schieffer even said the word "drone" and made Mitt Romney say it too, to let politicians merely answer the question at this level of abstraction -- "I support drone strikes, too" -- is to let them off the hook.

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.

American Drones Killing a Generation in Pakistan

Daniel Medina | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Daniel Medina

Drones kill their enemies but also can miss their targets and a study released last month shows that they miss a lot.

Free Morgan: The Ocean Wants Her Orca Back

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Morgan's time in captivity doesn't preclude her from being retrained to live back in the wild, but as her court case lingers longer and longer, each day of delay condemns her to a life that is not life.

Defeating Aggression: Countdown to 2017

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Centuries of warfare drenched in blood and a common yearning for a more civilized world where would-be aggressors are checked by the rule of law must compel us to act, responsibly and swiftly. Time is of the essence and the time to act is now.

Why I'm Going to Pakistan: Under Scrutiny, the Drone Strike Policy Will Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Most Democrats want to get U.S. troops the hell out of Afghanistan (outside of Official Washington, most Republicans agree.) But, the story goes, these Democrats have to have an "alternative," and the "alternative" is drone strikes.

A Joint Worthy Enterprise

Kip Hale | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Kip Hale

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. This hybrid Cambodian-international tribunal is a joint enterprise worthy of strong support.

Republican Platform Envisions America Without Human Rights

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

Invoking American Exceptionalism, the Republican platform envisions America without human rights and detaches the nation from the entire world.

My Top Ten (I Mean 11) List From 9/11/01

David Mednicoff | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
David Mednicoff

Imperfect anniversaries provide the seeds for subsequent improvement. Maybe one way to commemorate 9/11/01 is not through remembering how we have felt, but summarizing what we have learned.

Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Kip Hale

While the case-by-case circumstances of each conflict always matters, the question remains what standard playbook should the global community employ when confronted with the mass perpetration of international crimes?

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

UN Investigator Criticizes U.S. Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.

Sec. Clinton Should Make Sure the U.S. Lives Up to Her Promises

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, at a largely-overlooked Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that "the United States will work with all of you to combat terrorists within the framework of the rule of law."

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blackwater Appeal -- What Does This Mean for the Accountability of Private Military Firms?

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to dismiss the manslaughter and weapons charges against the four defendants Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Donald Ball and has declined to comment.

A Silwan Story: Palestinian Child Arrested, Abused by Israeli Authorities and Barred From Finishing 9th Grade

Moriel Rothman | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Moriel Rothman

Are the arrests in Silwan aimed at remedying the violence present among many youth living in Israeli controlled territory, or are they part of a larger strategy to frighten the Palestinian population of Silwan in particular and East Jerusalem in general into submission?

ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Kip Hale

In this tenth year of the ICC, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Court's progress in its primary mission: end impunity through the just rule of law.

Regarding Iran, America Must Look to the Constitution

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Nothing can so erode confidence in the proper use of power by the strongest nation in the world than failure to adhere to the rules that we have agreed should be binding.

Gaddafi's Mansion: An "Arab Spring" Example of Asset Recovery

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.30.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The British judgment is the first major successful recovery of what is estimated to be billions in personal assets the Gaddafis and their associates allegedly obtained during regime's nearly forty-year reign.

Latest Afghan Torture Report Casts Shadow on U.S. Transfer Plans

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After the U.N. report pointed this problem out last year, the U.S. military pledged 'never again' -- it would stop transferring captives to the abusive Afghan security service facilities until the Afghan government had demonstrated that the problem was solved.

Duty of Care: An Employer's Moral, Social and Legal Responsibility

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Valerie Berset-Price

Don't be one of those companies.Take international travel seriously and demonstrate proper care toward your workforce. After all, a business amounts to nothing without the people who drive it.

I Have a Dream: An International Legal Treaty

David Isenberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Almost nobody talks about an international treaty for private military and security contractors. Still, one can only speculate on what an international legal treaty might look like.