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International Law

Abolition of the Death Penalty

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Navi Pillay

This month we mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of a key treaty that aims to bring about the abolition of the death penalty.

Why We Should Applaud the Polanski Case

Daniel Ammann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Ammann

The arrest of Roman Polanski by the Swiss government is becoming more and more a model case for international legal cooperation. The Los Angeles District Attorney did everything just right.

Jason Linkins

T. Boone Pickens Thinks America Should Just Take All Of Iraq's Oil | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

T. Boone Pickens has garnered much renown over the past two years with his "Pickens Plan" for energy independence, which basically reads: "America sho...

Stop Treating Migrants as Second-class Human Beings

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Navi Pillay

In recent years, migrants - including individuals who were possibly refugees - have reportedly been shot dead by security forces, or left to die in the desert in their attempts to cross borders in North Africa.

Chevron Desperate? Just a BIT

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Firger

Seeking to forestall a judgment running to the tens of billions of dollars in its so-called "Rainforest Chernobyl" litigation, Chevron on Wednesday filed a notice of arbitration against the Government of Ecuador.

Supreme Law of the Land and Conscience Again Forced to the Back of the Bus

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Despite the efforts of eight peace and anti-torture activists charged with trespass a year ago, at the 2008 Republican National Convention, a court could not bring itself to admit evidence of the Constitution.

Political Trials and Crimes Against Reality

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

It's a crime against reality for us to carry on pretending that countries like Kazakhstan can hold fair trials.

Kazakhstan's Human Rights Drop Through the Floor

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

I fear that we might just see exactly how many barrels of oil a given dictator needs to export in order to flaunt the law.

McCain Admits Bush Administration Violated International Law

Washington Independent | Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on "Face the Nation" Sunday that -- like most Republicans and even some Democrats, including some in the president's c...

Why Isn't Health Care an American Right?

Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Humphrey

The U.S. Senate has never ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966, one provision of which would mandate universal health care.

Vandals On The Side of The Angels: How Far Is Too Far?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Lurio

I am not a fan of whaling and have long supported the ban, but what Sea Shepherd and its friends have been doing, has been mostly ineffective and somewhat counterproductive.

Deflating Netanyahu's Jerusalem Claims

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israel's policies towards the holy city will guarantee that the desired peace process continues to elude Palestinians and Israelis.

Torturing the Rule of Law

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Our nation continues to undermine international law by sweeping torture under the rug, with serious implications going forward.

The Real Modern Pirates? MNCs Beyond the Rule of Law

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

The most common modern pirates are multinational corporations operating beyond the rule of law. The U.S. can and should take firm measures against this kind of piracy, just as we have against the Somali pirates.

Investigating Bush-Cheney Torture Policies "By the Book"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It would be betrayal of the sacrifices of Americans like my grandfather to selectively prosecute the low-level offenders at Abu Ghraib and ignore the policy makers who set the violations of the Geneva Convention in motion.

Obama Stands Nuremberg on its Head

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Farrell

By what moral or ethical standard does a rational person determine that smashing a shackled human being's head into a wall is legal, let alone acceptable?

Paving New Paths to Accountability

Noura Erakat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noura Erakat

Claims to ostensible moral and civil superiority and the now decades long U.S. and Israeli capacity to remain beyond the reach of international law has left the human rights community's looking for legal alternatives.

Investigating War Crimes on our Fact Finding Mission to Gaza

Noura Erakat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noura Erakat

Upon returning from a National Lawyers Guild fact-finding mission in Gaza, I believe it is of the utmost importance to speak to Anthony Cordesman's resounding dismissal of international law.

US, UK Anti-Terror Tactics "Weaken Law"

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The UK and the US have "actively undermined" international law in the way they fight terrorism, a report by judges and lawyers has said....

Justice Threatens Peace in Congo & Rwanda

Olivier Kamanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Olivier Kamanda

In recent months, a number of warrants, arrests, and prosecutions have provided African countries with an opportunity to test the international criminal legal regime.

Alan Dershowitz is An Apologist for Israeli War Crimes

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Cohen

Dershowitz of course fails to mention that Israel has never ended it's occupation of Gaza, and itself broke international law when it broke the cease fire.

On Proportionality

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

The real question is whether "proportionality" remains a useful category of analysis. By any accepted interpretation, the standard has been repeatedly violated by both Israel and Hamas.

Mitchell Bard is Wrong On Israel

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Cohen

Hamas did not start this conflict. Here's an extensive time line of events, making clear that Israel broke the ceasefire, not Hamas.

Seeking Woodes Rogers: Piracy, Terrorism and International Law

Richard Spilman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Spilman

In the past, the most effective means of ending piracy was to destroy their base of operations.

Peaceful Revolution: On Human Rights Day, Dare to Lead

John Kirk Boyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Kirk Boyd

The 2048 Project provides a process by which individuals, organizations and governments developing the "rule of law" can focus together and draft an optimal international framework.