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Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón Who Indicted Bin Laden Opposes Targeted Killing

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

"Any person who leads a terrorist organization like al Qaeda is obviously a target," Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón said. "Under the rule of law, justice should be sought by legal means.

Osama Bin Laden's Death Can't Erase 10 Years of War and Lawlessness

Vincent Warren | Posted 07.11.2011 | World
Vincent Warren

If bin Laden had been captured and tried in a fair and transparent process, the facts of the case could have been discussed, a historical record created, more information may have emerged and individuals who lost loved ones could have testified.

It's Private Sector vs. Private Sector in the Ultimate Maritime Smackdown

David Isenberg | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Because modern piracy is largely an economic crime, and because states appear unable to stop it with any of the political, legal, or military tools, economic actors -- shipping companies -- should be given greater leeway to respond effectively.

Following International Law Helps the US in Libya

Thomas H. Lee | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Thomas H. Lee

The United States, the United Kingdom, and France should stay within the bounds of the two explicit missions of protecting civilians and enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya.

Obama's Veto on Israeli Settlements Demonstrates Contempt for International Humanitarian Law

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Obama's insistence that resolving the conflict over Israel's illegal settlements should be restricted to bilateral negotiations assumes symmetry in power and legality in the two sides that doesn't, in fact, exist.

Presidents Calderon and Obama: Frank Words and Actions Needed to Stem Violence in Mexico

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

Curbing organized violence involves thorny issues that will not be resolved overnight. For the U.S., it means tackling drug treatment and prevention, and halting the flow of guns and cash.

Lawyers Without Borders: It's Time to Globalize the J.D.

John Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
John Haffner

In the 1870s Christopher Columbus Langdell, Dean of Harvard Law School, introduced a major innovation in legal education: the case method. Nearly a century and a half later, another innovation is afoot.

George Bush 'Cuts and Runs' From Torture Case in Switzerland

Vincent Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vincent Warren

Ducking a charge of torture is not as easy as ducking a shoe thrown at a press conference. Accordingly, the CCR has publicly released the Preliminary Bush Torture Indictment.

5.7 Million Reasons for Duvalier to Return to Haiti

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Why would Duvalier, a Haitian living in France, care about a law change in Switzerland? Money -- that's why.

New START Signals a New Start on Treaties

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Much can be learned from the successful passage of the New START treaty. Here are seven lessons for policymakers to consider as they move forward.

Spain's Courage: Holding Iraq Accountable

Allan Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

Thank goodness someone has shown humanitarian concern about the plight of 3,400 Iranians in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. In the face of Iraq's unwillingness to shoulder its international responsibilities, Spain has stepped up to the challenge.

Five Ways to Protect Corporate Executives From Catastrophic Liability

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Kerschberg

Individual corporate executives and directors of multinational corporations will soon face high-stakes lawsuits for alleged human rights violations by...

New START Is About More Than Russia

Craig Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Martin

New START is about much more than relations with Russia. It is about reestablishing U.S. leadership in the global effort to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons in the world.

German Activists to German Pols and Business Leaders: Stop Appeasing Tehran

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

A growing offensive of promoting German-Iran relations is undercutting hard-won gains in the cooperative EU and U.S. effort to isolate Iran's government via sanctions.

Just Say "No" to (Bad) Climate Deal

Anu Bradford | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anu Bradford

Doing nothing in Cancún may be a better strategy for advocates. A failure to enact a post-Kyoto agreement does not mean that there will be no price on greenhouse gas emissions.

What's Wrong With "Women's Rights," and Why the US Should Ratify CEDAW Anyway

Darren Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darren Rosenblum

Improving women's status in society, as CEDAW instructs, will not single-handedly eliminate gender inequality. To do that, we need to take men and other sexes into account.

Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service A resolution combating the "vilification of religions" was adopted Tuesday by a United Nations committee, but r...

Private Military Companies as Quasi-States

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Our latest entry in law journal articles on private military contractors is "Why Private Mercenary Companies Should Be Legitimized and Allowed to Ente...

Laos: the World's Most Bombed Country

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We walked around a field where the ground was literally littered with small holes and flags, marking the dangerous bomblets buried inches beneath the surface. There must have been 50 munitions scattered across a field the size of a basketball court.

The UN Is Sixty Five Years Old and Going Strong

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

The UN is of unquestionable value sixty five years after its inception, providing services from peacekeeping to smallpox vaccinations, all while functioning on a core budget smaller than the NYPD.

When Our Government Trains Armies in Colombia and Mexico, We Become Responsible

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

In Mexico, not a single soldier responsible for human rights crimes has been held accountable in civilian courts since the United States started delivering hundreds of millions of Merida Initiative dollars.

Empty Promises: Obama Takes His Middle East Peace Plan to the UN

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

"International law is not an empty promise" - except for Palestinians President Obama's General Assembly speech called on the international community...

Banning Slaughter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas where the U.S. routinely kills civilians, the actual killing seems distant. We grow so accustomed to our remote roles that we hardly notice the rising antagonism caused by U.S. aerial attacks.

AP's Robert Burns Playing Politics by Replacing "Settlement Freeze" With "Curb on Housing Construction"

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Burns' piece unilaterally changes the terminology and phraseology connected to one of the major obstacles of the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts. By changing this terminology, Burns has clearly taken a biased stand.

Thailand Must Unclench its Fist

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

In the aftermath of the bloody repression of April and May 2010 which claimed the lives of close to 90 civilians, the Thai authorities cooed and purre...