30 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist David Scheffer, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), now at Northwestern University School of Law, says that the government's attempt to charge Salim Ahmed Hamdan with conspiracy to commit war crimes - a crime that does not exist under US or international law [read more]

29 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that at its 100th annual meeting this week in Washington, DC, the American Society of International Law is being called upon to take a stand on the laws of war and occupation at a critical moment [read more]

28 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Pascale Duparc Portier of the National University of Ireland (Galway) Faculty of Law says that the mass protests in France against the new First Employment Contract (CPE) legislation may be reminiscent of the 1968 Paris student uprising, but this time French youth and their supporters are fighting [read more]

27 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Satterthwaite of New York University School of Law says that US actions in the war on terror - especially the practice of extraordinary rendition - make a mockery of formal US insistence on the rule of law, damaging it and ultimately reducing it to nothing... Since [read more]

24 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Seamon of the University of Idaho School of Law says that in light of ever-increasing evidence of detainee abuse by US personnel or parties acting with the approval or complicity of the United States, Congress should change federal law to create a civil remedy for victims [read more]

22 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist David Crane, former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, now at Syracuse University College of Law, says it's time for Nigeria to hand over former Liberian president Charles Taylor for trial on war crimes charges... A little over three years ago, on 3 March [read more]

21 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law say that the President's stretching of US military resources close to the breaking point in Iraq raises a constitutional issue demanding Congressional intervention ... Recently, much attention has been paid in the media to the legality [read more]

19 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Philip Ruddock, Attorney-General of Australia, outlines Australia's recently strengthened counter-terror laws, describing them as an appropriate, proportionate and balanced response by the Australian Government to emerging security threats... Following the terrorist attacks on the London transport system in July last year, the Australian Government has strengthened [read more]

17 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnists Henry King, Jr., a former prosecutor for the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal now at Case Western Law School, and David Crane, former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone now at Syracuse University College of Law, say that despite the death of Slobodan Milosevic while [read more]

17 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Ken Gormley of Duquesne University School of Law says that issues arising out of the President's domestic surveillance program are best addressed not by sweeping proposals of censure or legalization, but rather by carefully-crafted legislative reforms... The White House has acknowledged that in the wake of the [read more]

15 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Shane of Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, says that the Bush Administration's proposed Line-Item Veto Act has only two problems: first, it proposes to create power the President pretty much already has, and second, it is not a line-item veto... Perhaps this kind of [read more]

15 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Faris Sanabani, Publisher of the English-language Yemen Observer newspaper currently facing calls by Yemeni prosecutors for permanent shutdown, confiscation, and even the death penalty against its Chief Editor for republishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, explains why - and how - his paper reprinted the Danish [read more]

13 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Neil Kinkopf of Georgia State University College of Law says that the broad interpretations of presidential power under statute being offered by defenders of the President's domestic surveillance program threaten to undercut the constitutional balance of power and even basic democratic values... The Bush Administration's domestic surveillance [read more]

12 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Chandra Lekha Sriram, Chair of Human Rights at the University of East London School of Law (UK), says the current proposal for a new UN Human Rights Council may not be perfect, but it is far better than either the current UN Human Rights Commission or the [read more]

11 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that what is most important about the trial of Slobodan Milosevic in the wake of his sudden death in jail is not its lack of outcome, but rather the hope its example holds for future justice against other [read more]

10 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist A. John Radsan of William Mitchell College of Law, former assistant general counsel at the CIA, says that the elaboration of secrecy under the Bush administration endangers the rule of law and is contrary to basic American principles... President Bush proudly admits that, several years ago, he [read more]

10 Mar 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law, formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, says the recent report by UN Special Rapporteurs condemning the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is based on a false legal premise and comes to [read more]

9 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Wendy J. Keefer, former senior counsel and chief of staff in the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and now with Bancroft Associates in Washington DC, says that although the end result of the Patriot Act reauthorization process is not perfect, most of the [read more]

9 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist P. Sabin Willett, a partner at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, working pro bono with a team of Bingham lawyers in the Guantanamo habeas litigation, says that the detention of a Chinese Uighur is just one proof that the general, officially-articulated proposition that Guantanamo holds terrorists is a [read more]

8 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist William Banks of Syracuse University College of Law says that even if legal authority is found for the NSA domestic surveillance program, such spying still violates the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution protecting Americans against unreasonable search and seizure... The political minuet being performed in recent [read more]

8 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Brian Concannon Jr., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, says that Haitian President-elect Rene Preval faces a daunting if familiar series of legal obstacles involving parliament, the judiciary and the police as he attempts to move forward with economic and social reforms [read more]

6 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Ian Wallach, habeas counsel for several Guantanamo Bay detainees, says that the US Executive Branch may have engaged in questionable acts and disseminated inaccurate information to encourage Senate passage of provisions in the Detainee Treatment Act preventing federal judges from seeing problematic evidence on why detainees [read more]

6 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Ian Wallach, habeas counsel for several Guantanamo Bay detainees, says that the US Executive Branch may have engaged in questionable acts and disseminated inaccurate information to encourage Senate passage of provisions in the Detainee Treatment Act preventing federal judges from seeing problematic evidence on why detainees [read more]

3 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Todd Peppers of Roanoke College, author of the forthcoming book Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of Supreme Court Law Clerks (Stanford University Press, 2006) says that although Justice Samuel Alito's recent hiring of former John Ashcroft aide and Time Warner VP Adam [read more]

2 Mar 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist H.A. Hellyer of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK, says that the worldwide controversy over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad is symptomatic of a new type of tribalism in both East and West ... Every so often, a [read more]

1 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Rapoport, dean of the University of Houston Law Center, says that as we watch witnesses at the trial of former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling continue to testify about Enron's earnings management, we should ask ourselves if we're really all that different from the [read more]

1 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Joyner of the University of Warwick School of Law in the United Kingdom says that now that Iran has been referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program, some Council action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter seems likely, but it's difficult to [read more]

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