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Corruption -- An Epidemic of Epic Scale in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Corruption is an epidemic tearing into India's foundation and economic wellbeing. It can only be fixed by those who live in this country -- 'we, the people'.

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to police the world when it should be policing its own law enforcement agencies.

The Great Degeneration

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 02.28.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Society has become centered in the cities, and in the cities, there is only effectiveness when good government is present.

Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Also Put Elephants at Increased Risk

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The mass killing of elephants is tragic. But demand for new ivory, not items legally imported decades or centuries ago, fuels the trade. Governments should penalize poachers and their seller allies -- not responsible collectors and dealers who have followed the rules.

The Promise and Pitfalls of the House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

Donald Kerwin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

They may sow the seeds of reform, but do not (in themselves) offer sufficient guidelines for reform.

Turning the Tide: Three Years Later Tunisia Is Still the Forerunner of the Arab Spring

Arezo Yazd | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Arezo Yazd

Whether Tunisia turns into a stronghold of stability and democratic governance in the coming years is uncertain, but given the region's current volatility, Tunisia seems to be light-years ahead of its neighbors.

Law Remains Vital

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am bullish on the legal profession. I must offer a preface before I explain why law remains vital -- and how it will become paramount in an increas...

Legalization of U.S. Unauthorized Residents: A Rule of Law or Access to Justice Issue?

Donald Kerwin | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Justice is delayed and denied in the U.S. immigration system -- sometimes for years, sometimes forever -- and this problem substantially contributes to the U.S. unauthorized population.

Netherlands Sets Fresh Course vs. Moscow on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Seizure and Arrests

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Netherlands is in a unique position to assert the rule of law in the case of the Arctic Sunrise, beyond the consideration of the ship's registration. The Netherlands is home to several major international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Africa and the ICC Are Stronger Together

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Freedom House

by Kimberly Brody Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives at Freedom House The International Criminal Court (ICC) routinely faces t...

6 Peaceful (and Legal) Alternatives to War in Syria

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will military strikes help ordinary Syrians or harm them? Will more violence deter the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, or exacerbate the problem? Have all other possibilities been exhausted, or are there peaceful solutions that haven't been tried?

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.

In Hunt for 'Spy Snowden,' Is US Losing More Than Secrets?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Has the rush to apprehend Snowden sacrificed U.S. standing as champion of the politically oppressed and the rule of law?

Chen Guangcheng, Still Raising Heck

John Wagner Givens | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

Chen's rebelliousness, which make him admirable when pitted against a repressive regime, seem to have made the simple end of a fellowship a significant PR liability for a, presumably, well-intended NYU.

Surveillance Act Needs Independent Advocates to Promote Reliable Intelligence, Protect U.S. Ideals

Merton Bernstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

One key element of American exceptionalism is our dedication to the rule of law. It is a value that constitutes an inspirational force throughout the world. We owe it to ourselves to protect that heritage.

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.

A Case for the Nordic Way

András Simonyi | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpg Why have the Nordic economies like Denmark done so well, while Southern economies continue to flounder? They are as a rule void of many of the economic, political, social issues that continue to haunt most Southern European members of the European Union.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha: His Way or the Highway

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

Prime Minister Sali Berisha's reelection bid centers on building the country's first motorway. But his poor track record in combating corruption and upholding the rule of law has many wondering if Berisha is taking Albania down the wrong road.

International Criminal Tribunal Born as Bastard?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

I had the fortune to be there for the birth of both the ICTY and the ICC, and perhaps give a critical push then to the realization of what is still a work in progress today.

The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

President Obama's declaration that "America is at a crossroads" in the fight against terror, a fight that is increasingly turning inwards, setting its sights on homegrown extremists, should give every American pause.

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

The Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh as Legal Impunity for the Powerful Rules

Frank Vogl | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Frank Vogl

What has happened in Bangladesh could happen in many other countries that enable powerful politicians and their business cronies to act all too often as if they are above the law.

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.

Putting Intellectual Property to Good Use

Irene Khan | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Irene Khan

India's case is proof that the intellectual property regime, when properly applied, can work for the poor as well as the rich. The decision by the country's Supreme Court has created a giant legal footprint for others to follow.

How the Rule of Law Can Heal My Wounded City

David Freudberg | Posted 06.24.2013 | Crime
David Freudberg

We don't throw defendants at the mercy of lynch mobs. Instead, we calmly mete out justice. And that's what sets us apart from the rampaging criminals who terrorized this beautiful city at our annual rite of spring. And that's one way we'll begin to heal.