28 Apr 2009

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law say that if we learn nothing else from recent disclosures about the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism detainees, we must come to understand that once we decide to go down the road [read more]

22 Apr 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that President Obama's expressed intent to immunize CIA employees who violated US laws banning torture and cruel treatment while interrogating prisoners breaches the President's constitutional duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" and warrants the [read more]

22 Apr 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that far from providing real legal cover for CIA harsh interrogations, the newly disclosed second Bybee memo is a "smoking gun" providing further evidence of serial criminality and demonstrating beyond reasonable doubt why a memo writer is [read more]

10 Apr 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist William Luneburg of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says the Obama administration's restrictive new lobbying directive cannot altogether eliminate the phenomenon of "influence peddling" nor can it change Washington culture in one fell swoop, but it may improve things by small incremental steps.... The Beltway [read more]

8 Apr 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that three memos written by the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush administration authorizing specific interrogation techniques amounting to torture need to be disclosed and should not be held back for fear of political [read more]

7 Apr 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Noah Bialostozky of White & Case LLP says that while the US may help make the UN Human Rights Council a more meaningful forum for constructive, diplomatic engagement on human rights issues if it is elected to a seat in May, its presence should not be [read more]

1 Apr 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Amanda Klasing of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights says that access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right of all people, and that right must be promoted by the United States within its own borders and in its policies [read more]

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