29 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Tracy of the National Institute of Military Justice at American University Washington College of Law says President Obama's decision to reconstitute the US military commissions system runs contrary to basic American legal values and revitalizes the military tribunals structure absent any military need.... Four months later [read more]

26 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Wes Rist of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that recent passage by Spain's lower house of parliament of a non-binding resolution aimed at limiting the scope of the country's universal jurisdiction may not be a step backwards in international criminal law, but rather may [read more]

20 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the US Supreme Court's ruling in Ashcroft v. Iqbal suggests that the Court may be trying to set up a system wherein lower level officials can be held criminally liable for carrying out orders administered [read more]

19 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that President Obama's recent announcement that his administration will reform rather than abolish the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay threatens to undercut his highly-touted efforts to bring change and improve international perceptions of the United States... Perception is [read more]

18 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that former Vice President Dick Cheney's statements about his direct involvement in the authorization of unlawful interrogation tactics such as waterboarding are clear evidence of complicity in international crime, if not also participation in a criminal conspiracy, [read more]

15 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says that while the US Court Supreme Court might benefit from the nomination of an elected public official, President Obama should not nominate such a person to serve as a Justice merely for the sake of diversifying [read more]

13 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law, former Chief Prosecutor for the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, says that the scope and vitality of today's international criminal law is a lasting testament to the life and work of the late Henry T. King, Jr., the [read more]

12 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says the claimed "suicide" in a Libyan prison of al-Qaeda operative Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi is too convenient for too many people who have besmirched American honor in a perversion of rule of law that came from panic [read more]

8 May 2009

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 that even the worst of the authorized CIA interrogation techniques do not constitute torture by established international legal standards and therefore their authorization does not [read more]

8 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's latest statements on waterboarding indicate her complicity in unlawful interrogation, and that she and others in the "inner circle" of the Bush administration should be held legally accountable under the [read more]

2 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Ed Richards of Louisiana State University Law Center says that in the midst of current concerns about the spread of the H1N1 virus (popularly known as "swine flu"), passing more and stricter public health laws will neither strengthen the public health system nor effectively contain the spread [read more]

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