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  • Constitutional problems with international courts

    10/01/2014 9:50:01 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 1, 2014 | Eugene Kontorovich
    The Cornell Law Review has just published my new article, “Three International Courts and Their Constitutional Problems.” The article considers the constitutionality of joining the International Criminal Court in light of largley forgotten debates over two prior international tribunals: the Mixed Commissions for the slave trade in the early 19th century, and the International Prize Court in the early 20th Century. The U.S. ultimately signed onto both projects, but only after changing their scope or jurisdiction to comport with constitutional concerns. The paper lies at the intersection of international law, constitutional law, and foreign relations. But really its a federal...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Official Admits: Israel Follows International Law, We Don’t

    07/13/2014 10:13:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 7/13/2014, 1:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has said the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts—because Palestinian terrorist groups are far worse violators of international law themselves. Since peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fell apart after the PA applied for membership in international agencies, many Palestinian factions and advocates have pushed for the PA to sign the Rome Statute and press charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court at the Hague (ICC). But contrasting Israel’s conduct during Operation Protective Edge to stop rocket fire from...
  • UN: Oklahoma execution may violate int'l law

    05/02/2014 4:01:54 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 48 replies
    Town Hall ^ | May 02 2012 | Town Hall
    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations human rights office says U.S. death row inmate Clayton Lockett's suffering during his botched Oklahoma execution this week may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international human rights law. A spokesman for the office, Rupert Colville, says Lockett's prolonged death on Tuesday is "the second case of apparent extreme suffering caused by malfunctioning lethal injections" reported in the United States this year, after Dennis McGuire's execution in Ohio on Jan. 16 with an allegedly untested combination of drugs. Colville told reporters Friday in Geneva that "the apparent cruelty involved in these recent...
  • Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

    03/18/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Mar 2014 15:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia’s absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law. […] Merkel stressed that international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared that view. …
  • The End of International Law: A post-American world means the end of international order.

    03/14/2014 7:04:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “There has been no greater advance than this, gentlemen,” the President of the United States said. “It is a definite guarantee of peace. It is a definite guarantee by word against aggression.” The year was 1919. The speaker was President Woodrow Wilson and the tremendous advance in human history was the League of Nations.Then Japan seized Manchuria and turned it into a puppet regime. China turned to the League of Nations which ordered Japan to withdraw from Manchuria. Japan instead withdrew from the League of Nations. Five years later, Japan invaded China. China asked for help from the League of...
  • Immigrants More Likely to Identify as Liberal, Put International Law Over Constitution

    04/21/2013 9:30:21 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    This study from the Hudson Institute has wider implications beyond the current debate over amnesty. It places the blame for its findings on a failure of patriotism. A country whose educational institutions are less patriotic and more liberal will play a crucial role in the shaping of a less patriotic and more liberal population. Immigrants who tend to get their identity more from education than national culture (tellingly immigrants are more likely to rank professors higher than soldiers, in contrast to native-born Americans) are more likely to lean left. For example the study finds that immigrants are more likely to...
  • Gun groups promise fight as U.N. inches toward override of Second Amendment

    03/29/2013 4:47:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    American gun rights advocates said Thursday that they remain determined to block a far-reaching U.S. agreement on international arms sales, warning that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the U.S. gun market, even as the accord ran into an unexpected last-minute snag in negotiations in New York. In its budget debate last weekend, the Senate approved a nonbinding amendment opposing the treaty offered by Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, with eight Democrats joining all 45 Republicans backing the amendment. Despite the Senate vote, numerous groups have pressured Mr. Obama to support the treaty. Amnesty...
  • NAACP takes bid to ensure US ex-con voting to UN

    09/25/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2012 | JAMEY KEATEN
    The NAACP is taking to the U.N. its effort to ensure that all former convicted felons in the United States can vote. A delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was holding meetings Tuesday at the United Nation's Geneva office in part to press the world body to send observers to the U.S. for this year's elections. The diplomatic push comes against the backdrop of a related — and vigorous — debate about requirements in some states for would-be voters to provide proper identification before they can cast ballots. The NAACP says nearly 6 million U.S....
  • Obama: ‘Future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam’

    09/25/2012 8:51:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 333 replies
    Twitchy and Red State ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2012
    Twitchy headline says it all.Context provided by Erick Erickson at Red State: In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today the President of the United States declared that the future does not belong to practicing Christians. Already, the media and the left are in full denial, probably based on their general lack of understanding of theology. This would have been a gaffe had Mitt Romney said it. But with Barack Obama, he’s just speaking bold truths. His bold truth declares that the future does not belong to practicing Christians. Pay careful attention to what he says: "The future...
  • Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity”

    03/15/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity” Scott Lively targeted by an international homosexualist plot By Julio Severo Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika”, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Scott Lively: accused of “Crime against Humanity” Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the “Crime Against Humanity,” by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda. The plaintiffs say that his...
  • Hillary Clinton: America's Worst Secretary of State

    08/01/2012 5:59:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 1, 2012 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    The scene could hardly have been more bizarre: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with rotten tomatoes and shoes as she was being driven to the opening of a U.S. Consulate General in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria....Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ostensible reason for being in Alexandria was to take part in the flag-raising ceremony for our Consulate General. This is a disgrace. Alexandria was once home to a flourishing Jewish community. Jews flourish there no more. Her symbolic presence there embodies everything wrong about this administration's foreign policy. Until recently, it was hard to...
  • 'Israelis have a legal right to settle all Judea and Samaria'

    07/04/2012 7:30:37 AM PDT · by tedbel · 54 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | July 4/12 | Edna Adato, ISRAEL HAYOM
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, who heads a committee tasked with examining the legality of Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, declared on Tuesday that Israelis have a legal right to settle the region. "According to international law, Israelis have a legal right to settle all of Judea and Samaria, at the very least the lands that Israel controls under agreements with the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the establishment of Jewish settlements [in Judea and Samaria] is, in itself, not illegal." The committee was established by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in efforts to determine and cement the legal status of...
  • 'Law of the Sea' Treaty: Sink It

    05/25/2012 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Ed Feulner
    Want the United States to gain legal access to the vast amount of oil and natural gas in the underwater Extended Continental Shelf? Get LOST. Specifically, the U.S. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which often goes by the acronym LOST. The Obama administration wants the Senate to act on the treaty, which has been around since 1982. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) recently held a hearing to make the case for LOST. According to its advocates, we need LOST for a variety of reasons. One of them concerns the oil and gas resources located in the outer limits of...
  • Bringing 'Alien Torts' to America

    03/01/2012 11:48:15 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/28/2012 | David B. Rivkin Jr., and Lee Casey
    This Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases that should interest every U.S. company doing business overseas, and especially those operating in the developing world. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and Mohamed v. Palestinian Authority raise the issue of whether corporations can be sued for violations of international law under U.S. statutes, including the Alien Tort Statute. The ATS was adopted in 1789 by the first U.S. Congress. The statute permits suits by aliens in federal courts for certain alleged international-law violations, but it was moribund for nearly 200 years and its purpose remains opaque. The...
  • Obama’s sneaky treaties

    02/08/2012 9:42:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/8/12 | Dick Morris
    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions. Particularly scary is that the treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts. Those who wish to preserve our sovereignty and democratic control over our future must rally to block these treaties, either by pressing Obama and
  • Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville 'war crimes'

    10/26/2011 4:01:13 AM PDT · by B.Lyle · 3 replies
    A US federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit seeking to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to a Bougainville copper and gold mine it once ran. The appeals court has returned the case to US District Judge Margaret Morrow in Los Angeles for further proceedings. But some dissenting judges protested against allowing a lawsuit to proceed in federal courts brought by non-US residents against non-US companies such as Rio Tinto, which has corporate offices in the UK and Australia. The case is one of several in which non-US residents seek to hold...
  • Texas Execution Broke International Law, Says U.N. Official

    07/09/2011 10:25:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 86 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | July 8, 2011 | Adam Martin
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay accused the United States of breaking international law when Texas executed Mexican citizen Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. Thursday night. The execution sparked controversy after the International Court of Justice in the Hague determined in 2004 that the U.S. had violated the Vienna Convention when officials failed to tell foreign inmates about their right to visit their consular officials. But the U.S. Supreme Court voted yesterday that Texas could go ahead with the execution, even over the objection of President Barack Obama. Pillay said today the execution "raises particular legal concerns" about the...
  • Illegal Immigrants have no right to health care: Court

    07/09/2011 7:58:50 AM PDT · by Artie · 14 replies
    The National Post ^ | July 8, 2011 | Adrian Humphreys
    An illegal immigrant has no right to free medical intervention or ongoing health care under the Charter of Rights, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in a precedent-setting decision.
  • Amnesty International: Questions around operation against Osama bin Laden

    05/06/2011 3:34:46 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies
    Amnesty International today asked the US and Pakistani authorities to clarify aspects of the operation in Abbottabad in which Osama bin Laden was killed. The organization specifically requested information on the status and whereabouts of those who were with bin Laden and the circumstances of his killing. “We are seeking information from the US and Pakistani authorities about how many people were in the compound at the time of the operation, what happened to them and specifically what is the status and current whereabouts of the survivors,” said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International. According to reports attributed to...
  • Was Killing of Osama bin Laden Legal Under International Law? (Screw "International Law"!)

    05/06/2011 3:43:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 59 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/6/2011 | Ariane de Vogue
    Since the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, administration officials have repeatedly said that the mission to kill him complied with domestic and international law. "Let me make something very clear," Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Wednesday, "the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of al Qaeda, an organization that conducted the attacks of Sept. 11. He admitted his involvement." But as new details of the operation emerge, and some Pakistani leaders protest the U.S. incursion into their state, legal experts say the administration must more forcefully lay out its...
  • Op-Ed: Obama Hiding True Motives for War From American People

    03/25/2011 5:29:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Nation ^ | March 22, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    Obama doesn’t tell you what he’s thinking. He keeps his motives to himself. Cherished long-term ideological goals are advanced as pragmatic fixes to concrete problems in the present. Now we’re seeing the familiar domestic pattern in foreign policy as well. Few Americans realize that Obama has had a longstanding interest in multilateral efforts to combat war crimes and genocide. Obama would like to see a more constraining international legal regime on war crimes, even at the cost of national sovereignty, not to mention the blood and treasure of the countries doing the enforcing. In general, Obama has said little about...
  • Greedy Public Union Demands Violate International Law!

    03/19/2011 12:44:16 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 8 replies
    Clark County Conservative ^ | March 18, 2011 | Lew Waters
    The war declared on struggling middle class taxpayers by greedy Public Union bosses has escalated now to the point that supporters of raping more tax dollars from an impoverished middle class have turned to “International Law,” once again ignoring America’s sovereignty and our constitution, placing United Nations mandates in their place. Ordinarily I’d ignore such efforts to circumvent our sovereignty and rely instead on our own constitution, but since greedy public union bosses and those they have misled wish to take this avenue, I’ll play along. They may not like that too much, though. I first saw this tactic of...
  • Order Blocks Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment

    11/08/2010 10:32:14 AM PST · by gwjack · 242 replies
    newsok.com ^ | November 8, 2010 | Tim Talley
    A temporary restraining order has been issued to block a state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange handed down the ruling this morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing.
  • Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left

    10/19/2010 1:17:36 PM PDT · by Justaham · 13 replies
    A court in the United Arab Emirates says a man is permitted under Islamic law to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he leaves no marks and has tried other methods of punishment, the country's top court ruled. The ruling came in the case of a man who slapped his wife and slapped and kicked his 23-year-old daughter, the document said. The daughter had bruises on her right hand and right knee and the wife had injuries to her lower lip and teeth, the ruling said. The court ruled that a man has the right to punish...
  • DeMint: U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Would Turn Parental Rights ‘Over to International Community’

    08/06/2010 3:35:08 AM PDT · by Man50D · 41 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 6, 2010 | Christopher A. Guzman
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) said that if President Barack Obama gets his way and the Senate ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the precedent would be set to place parental rights under the jurisdiction of the international community. “We believe we need to take clear action here in Congress to protect the rights of parents to raise their children," DeMint said at a Wednesday panel discussion. "This treaty would, in fact, establish a precedent that those rights have been given over to the international community." DeMint is lead sponsor of S. Res. 519, a...
  • Mexican Supreme Court rules same-sex 'marriage' as constitutional

    08/06/2010 7:14:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/6/2010
    Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 5, 2010 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite heavy opposition from various organizations defending traditional marriage, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that same-sex “marriage” in the country's capital city is constitutional. According to the Associated Press, the court's justices acknowledged that while the constitution protects the family, it does not define what a "family" is. The 8-2 vote went against an appeal by Mexico's attorney general challenging the constitutionality of the city's law allowing gay “marriage.” The law went into effect on March 4 of this year. Next Monday the court will debate whether the law...
  • What Would Elena Do?

    07/15/2010 11:30:10 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia
    American Journalism Center ^ | July 15, 2010 | Emily Jaroma
    What Would Elena Do? Emily Jaroma, July 15, 2010 The debate regarding whether international law should play a contributing role in deciding Supreme Court cases has sparked national interest and concern. This is due to the fact that there has been a recent tendency by Supreme Court Justices to refer to or cite international law when dealing with a domestic court case. This leads many to ask, What is Elena Kagan’s view on the role of international law in domestic cases? The very fact that President Obama appointed Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court does provide some information on...
  • Charge the Real War Criminals

    06/07/2010 4:02:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 14+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 07, 2010 | Joel B. Pollak
    The organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla that Israel intercepted last Monday morning accused Israel of "war crimes," blaming it for the deaths that occurred aboard one of the six ships. Yet Israel acted within international law. It may enforce international sanctions when Hamas continues to import weapons for use against civilians. It may board ships in international waters if they refuse to stop. Its soldiers may fire if met with deadly force. There were war crimes committed last Monday, however: They were committed by those who organized and sponsored the flotilla itself. International law forbids using civilians to achieve a...
  • Kagan's Disregard for Constitution While Dean at Harvard Law School

    05/28/2010 11:17:00 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 10 replies · 259+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 5/28/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    As most conservative writers have pointed out many times, the present Administration exhibits a shocking disregard and near-contempt for the U.S. Constitution. Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, is a perfect case in point. (Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan walks towards the office of Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)). While Dean of the Harvard Law School Kagan did not require students to study the U.S. Constitution at all. Instead, she required that they study foreign and international law. The implications of such a mindset are enormous.
  • Russia vs Piracy

    05/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 7 replies · 500+ views
    5-7-10 | Me
    So exactly what is the law on crimes in the open ocean? What recourse do nations/individuals have against piracy, etc. on the oceans?
  • Curbing the Manipulation of Universal Jurisdiction

    01/24/2010 5:21:43 AM PST · by debka · 3 replies · 301+ views
    The Global law Forum / Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | Diane Morrison and Justus Reid Weiner
    The principle of Universal Jurisdiction has been, and continues to be, an important tool in the legal practitioner’s tool box and an essential means of achieving justice for international crimes. Unfortunately, the principle has also become a political device employed for far more cynical means and far less noble purposes. In the early 1960’s, Israel was one of the first states to invoke the principle of universal jurisdiction in its groundbreaking trial against Adolf Eichmann, the “architect of the Holocaust”.
  • UN, Interpol design 'global policing doctrine'

    10/13/2009 6:16:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 622+ views
    PressTV ^ | 12 Oct 2009 | PressTV
    The United Nations and Interpol, the global police organization, are poised to become partners in fighting crime by jointly creating an international police force. Interpol, which is financed by 187 member nations, says the "global police doctrine" would allow the deployment of peacekeepers among rogue nations plagued by war and organized crime. "We have a visionary model," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, who described the joint partnership "an alliance of all nations." He suggested that by relying on Interpol's resources, the United Nations would be able to handle international conflicts and transnational crime far better.
  • EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda (latest -Breitbart)

    09/21/2009 9:12:57 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 4,186+ views
    Big Government ^ | Patrick Courrielche
    *NEA conference call full audio and transcript here** Should the National Endowment for the Arts encourage artists to create art on issues being vehemently debated nationally? That is the question that I set out to discuss a little over three weeks ago when I wrote an article on Big Hollywood entitled The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion?” The question still requires debate but the facts do not. The NEA and the White House did encourage a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate. That fact is irrefutable. But some have claimed that...
  • Hamas, the Gaza war and Accountability under International Law

    07/08/2009 8:02:54 AM PDT · by JoshIsrael · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Col. Richard Kemp Formerly commander of British forces in Afghanistan Col. Richard Kemp told a conference in Jerusalem on June 18, 2009: "Hamas' military capability was deliberately positioned behind the human shield of the civilian population. They also ordered, forced when necessary, men, women and children from their own population to stay put in places they knew were about to be attacked by the IDF. Israel was fighting an enemy that is deliberately trying to sacrifice their own people, deliberately trying to lure you into killing their own innocent civilians." Click here to read the full presentation. Click here to...
  • Barack Obama vs international law [Silly Caroline, laws don't apply to The One, he dictates]

    06/26/2009 7:50:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 644+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-26-09 | CAROLINE GLICK
    US President Barack Obama consistently couches his demand that Israel prohibit Jewish people from constructing or expanding our homes and communities in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in legal-sounding language. Obama has called settlements "illegitimate." And he has said that Israel "has obligations under the road map," while referring disparagingly to "settlements that, in past agreements, have been categorized as illegal." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama's Middle East envoy George Mitchell have repeatedly uttered similar statements. By characterizing its demand that Israel prohibit Jews from building homes in Israel's capital city and its heartland as a legal requirement, the...
  • U.N. to Emerge as Global IRS

    06/24/2009 12:49:56 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 100 replies · 4,889+ views
    AIM (Accuracy in Media) ^ | June 23, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    While our media sleep, the United Nations is proceeding, with President Obama's acquiescence, to implement a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by global taxes on the American people.The Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development that begins on Wednesday will consider adoption of a document calling for "new voluntary and innovative sources of financing initiatives to provide additional stable sources of development finance..." This is U.N.-speak for global taxes. They are anything but "voluntary" for the people forced to pay them.The most "popular" proposals, which could generate tens of...
  • Harold Koh, the Iraq War, and War-Crimes Liability

    04/27/2009 7:33:04 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 884+ views
    National Review ^ | 04-27-09 | [Ed Whelan
    State Department legal adviser nominee Harold Koh believes that notwithstanding congressional authorization, the Iraq war “violate[s] international law” because the United States did not receive “explicit United Nations authorization” for the war. I’d be interested to learn how (apart from crass political considerations) Koh reconciles his position on the Iraq war with his support for President Clinton’s war in Kosovo.  The Kosovo war had a much weaker basis in international law than the war in Iraq (which, among other things, had at the very least a strong claim of having implicit United Nations authorization).  And, as a matter of domestic law,...
  • Sharia Court Approves Text Message Divorce

    04/09/2009 1:06:00 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 22 replies · 653+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | April 9Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Under Sharia law men can divorce their wives (as Islam allows up to four of them) by just writing or saying that they want a divorce three times. This is known as talaq. A Sharia Court in Saudi Arabia has now allowed a Muslim man to divorce his wife via text message.
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    03/31/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,819+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2009
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here.We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were 17...
  • Former Peruvian President Fujimori's conviction a milestone

    04/07/2009 5:20:13 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 13 replies · 648+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7 April 2009 | Sara Miller Llana
    The conviction Tuesday of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on human rights charges – including authorizing murder and kidnapping – has been hailed by some as a milestone for justice in Latin America. Mr. Fujimori, who ruled Peru throughout the 1990s, is the first democratically elected leader in the region found guilty, in his own country, of human rights abuses. But the conviction is also an important moment for national healing in Peru, says Efrain Gonzales, the vice rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima. While about one third of the country still supports the former leader,...
  • Spain’s ‘Universal Jurisdiction’ Power Play ( Filing charges against AMERICANS! )

    03/31/2009 5:46:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 1,244+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 31, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As the U.S. government’s myriad intrusions radically transform our economy, few seem to notice the dangerous progress of the international Left’s assault on American sovereignty. Without firing a shot, transnational progressives are further along than the Soviet Union could ever have reasonably hoped to be, notwithstanding Lenin’s prescient understanding that we would willingly participate in our own demise. In the Left’s sights is the very concept of the American people’s right of self-defense. The New York Times reports that a Spanish court is considering filing human-rights charges, and issuing arrest warrants, against former attorney general Alberto Gonzales and five other...
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK

    03/30/2009 5:10:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 941+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 30, 2009 | Meghan Clyne
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent...
  • Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'

    03/13/2009 12:26:08 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 753+ views
    CNET ^ | 12 Mar 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights. Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are "classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." The 1995 Executive Order 12958 allows material to be classified only if disclosure would do "damage to the national security and the...
  • Averting Abuse of a Legal Principle: Universal Jurisdiction

    02/26/2009 5:35:56 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 258+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | february 26, 2009 | irit kohn
    • Right at the outset of Israel’s recent operation in Gaza, French pro-Palestinian organizations filed a lawsuit against the Israeli president, foreign minister and defense minister. Turkish prosecutors said in February 2009 that they were investigating whether Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity over Israel’s offensive in Gaza, after Mazlum-Der, an Islamic-oriented human rights organization, filed an official complaint in Turkey. At the same time, a Spanish judge is currently investigating the role of Israeli soldiers and security officials in a bombing in Gaza in 2002 in which a top Hamas suicide bombing planner, Salah Shehada, and...
  • Foreign Policy Workers Ask U.S. To Back Benefits for Gay Partners

    01/27/2009 2:40:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies · 2,668+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 1/27/2009 | Glenn Kessler
    Nearly 2,200 government employees involved in foreign policy issues signed a letter delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday calling on the government to give equal benefits to same-sex partners. The Bush administration had eased some rules, opening up some training to same-sex partners, but had resisted efforts to treat homosexual partners the same as married couples. But Clinton, during her confirmation hearings, indicated a greater willingness to explore the issue. "I think that we should take a hard look at the existing policy," Clinton said in response to a question from Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). "My understanding...
  • International Law and Gaza

    01/18/2009 5:17:38 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Global Laqw Forum ^ | january 10, 2009 | justus weiner avi bell
    The rule of distinction requires combatants to aim all their attacks at legitimate targets. Attacks deliberately aimed at civilians are war crimes. A corollary of the rule of distinction is a ban on the use of weapons that are incapable of being properly aimed. The rockets used by the Palestinian attackers cannot be aimed at specific targets and are launched at urban areas. This means the use of these weapons violates international law. Each one of the 6,000 rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian terrorists on civilian targets in Israeli towns is a war crime. Both the terror squads carrying...
  • Guess Who Cares About Dead Palestinians? Jews! (Israel's War In Gaza Is A Moral War Alert)

    01/12/2009 9:23:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 996+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/13/2009 | Dennis Prager
    For those individuals -- such as nearly all members of the world news media -- who, in light of Israel's invasion of Gaza -- see moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians, here are some clarifying thoughts. First, it would be difficult nearly to the point of impossibility, to find Israeli or other Jews who celebrate the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Jews both within and outside of Israel cringe when they see pictures of dead Palestinian men, women, and children in Gaza. For thousands of years at their Passover seders, Jews have removed wine from their cups to ceremonially weep...
  • Palestinian Violations of International Law

    01/07/2009 8:51:36 PM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 3 replies · 437+ views
    Global Law Forum ^ | January 5, 2009 | Justus Weiner & Avi Bell
    The rule of distinction requires combatants to aim all their attacks at legitimate targets. Attacks deliberately aimed at civilians are war crimes. A corollary of the rule of distinction is a ban on the use of weapons that are incapable of being properly aimed. The rockets used by the Palestinian attackers cannot be aimed at specific targets and are launched at urban areas. This means that the very use of these weapons violates international law. Each one of the 6,000 rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian terrorists on civilian targets in Israeli towns is a war crime. Both the terror...
  • Palestinian Violations of International Law

    01/07/2009 8:39:10 PM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 4 replies · 358+ views
    Global Law Forum ^ | January 5, 2009 | Avi Bell and Justus Weiner
    The rule of distinction requires combatants to aim all their attacks at legitimate targets. Attacks deliberately aimed at civilians are war crimes. A corollary of the rule of distinction is a ban on the use of weapons that are incapable of being properly aimed. The rockets used by the Palestinian attackers cannot be aimed at specific targets and are launched at urban areas. This means that the very use of these weapons violates international law.
  • HUMAN SHIELDS WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE ?

    01/07/2009 5:16:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 497+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 1/7/09 | Yidwithlid
    Hamas' use of the children and other innocents as human shields at the UN school got it desired effect yesterday. They they fired mortars on Israeli troops, the troops returned the fire, and dozens of civilians died or were injured, along with the terrorists. There is a library full of evidence proving it isn't the first time Hamas has used innocents as human shields. Hamas built armories in the basements of Mosques and schools, private homes and hospitals. They create their bunkers and weapons factories in crowded neighborhoods. All of this "construction" was done out in the public. Under the...