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Taking Responsibility for Torture in Afghanistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

There are no easy solutions to the detention dilemmas of international forces in a country where torture by the host government is widespread.

Freedom Flotilla II: No to a Kinder, Gentler Siege

Nadia Hijab | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

The Gaza flotilla is not about delivering "goods" to transform Israel's siege into a kinder, gentler blockade. Rather, it is to deliver this question: By what right does Israel besiege Gaza? And this answer: None, under international law.

It's a Matter of Respect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In just a few days, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a Mexican citizen. His name is Humberto Leal Garcia. Mr. Leal is a Mexican nat...

Netanyahu's Speech and the Democrats' Dangerous Embrace of Extremism

Stephen Zunes | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

There will always be Democrats who will sell out to corporate interests and compromise. However, when it comes to such blatant affronts to international legal norms as those exemplified by Netanyahu's speech, it is time to draw the line.

The Fallacies of the Torture Debate

Craig Martin | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Craig Martin

In the famous ticking time bomb hypothetical, it is moral to torture one person in order to save the lives of thousands, that the right to life trumps the right to physical integrity and security. This is a false construct.

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation

Gabor Rona | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Gabor Rona

Are Abu Ghraib torture victims entitled to compensation? Not one victim of official cruelty in U.S. custody has had access to an enforceable, effective remedy because the government has argued that allowing these claims to be heard would endanger national security.

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.