28 Apr 2009

Melanie Sloan [Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington]: "President Obama's March 20th memorandum aimed at "Ensuring Transparency of Registered Lobbyist Communications," will not achieve its intended purpose and is an ill-advised restriction on speech.The memo prohibits registered lobbyists from participating in any oral communications, whether in-person or [read more]

28 Apr 2009

Darryl Thibault [Managing Director, PeXis Security & Investigations]: "The controversy over what to do about interrogation techniques used by the CIA under the Bush Administration is not likely to go away soon. Nor will it be easy to know who are the winners and who are the losers as the [read more]

27 Apr 2009

Christopher Holton [Vice President for Administration, Marketing & Development, Center for Security Policy]: "The imposition of Sharia in Somalia will not bring about stability, unless of course by stability one means the kind of "stability" that came about when the Taliban ascended to power in Afghanistan at the turn of [read more]

23 Apr 2009

Kyu Ho Youm [Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon]: "A Korean judge's acquittal of the blogger Park Dae-sung (aka "Minerva") in Seoul is a welcome development in freedom of speech and the press in Korea, one of the most-wired nations in the world.There [read more]

23 Apr 2009

Awzar Thi [Member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "At a meeting of lawyers and jurists in Hong Kong this week a participant from Thailand identified the key issue for her country's legal system as political control of the judiciary. Her statement was remarkable not because it revealed something that [read more]

22 Apr 2009

Patrick J. Michaels [Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies, Cato Institute; Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia]: "When the US Environmental Protection Agency determined that carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases "endanger public health and welfare," they virtually guaranteed that the Executive Branch will be responsible for promulgating and enforcing [read more]

21 Apr 2009

Kenneth P. Green [Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute]: "The EPA's issuance of an endangerment finding for the greenhouse gases was inevitable, given the 2007 decision of the Supreme Court in Mass. v. EPA [PDF file], and the stated intention of the Obama Administration to move ahead in compliance with the [read more]

20 Apr 2009

Baseer Naveed [Senior researcher, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "The government of Pakistan has surrendered before the Islamic militants and the Taliban by entering into an unconstitutional agreement with the Islamic militants operating in the country. On April 13, 2009, Pakistan's National Assembly and President implemented an Islamic code of practice, [read more]

15 Apr 2009

Dr. Gentian Zyberi [Lecturer on International Law of Human Rights, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht School of Law]: "Piracy is not a new phenomenon. It has existed for probably as long as sailing itself. While it was largely believed to be something of the past, it has made a [read more]

14 Apr 2009

Ayami Toda [member, Daini Tokyo Bar Association]: "The Tokyo District Court rejected the teachers' demands simply on the ground that as public officers, they should obey the order which was given regarding their official duties, even while it said that to order all the teachers, without exception, to sing "Kimigayo" [read more]

13 Apr 2009

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "A controversial bill dealing with online filesharing was rejected by the French National Assembly in a very surprising move last week, at the final vote of the emergency procedure in which it was considered, (which means only one lecture in each [read more]

12 Apr 2009

Philip D. Cave [Philip D. Cave Law Offices]: "The Military Commissions have been insufficiently transparent over the years, and this has lead to a great deal of skepticism and mistrust from the public. As I and colleagues have counseled elsewhere, we should be careful of litigation by media. (Disclosure, I [read more]

11 Apr 2009

Andrew Hudson [Senior Associate, Human Rights First]: "The conviction of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for serious human rights violations is groundbreaking on a number of levels.First, not only was a former head of state found guilty of crimes against humanity, but his conviction came at the hands of a [read more]

10 Apr 2009

Frank Smyth [Journalist Security Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists]: "There is nothing that repressive regimes like more than pointing the finger at someone else. Nearly four years ago, after journalists including Judith Miller then of The New York Times were jailed for refusing to reveal sources in response to federal [read more]

8 Apr 2009

Amir A. Fakhravar [Director of International Affairs, Council for a Democratic Iran]: ""Iran, a Nation of Bloggers" is the name of a short animated film that I saw a few days ago. In only 100 seconds, Mr. Aaron pointed out a subject that has remained out of sight amid the [read more]

7 Apr 2009

Will Youmans [Fellow, Palestine Center]: "The announcement by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of the formation of a UN fact-finding mission to investigate alleged war crimes during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier this year is both warranted and necessary. The appointment of the eminent jurist, South [read more]

5 Apr 2009

George Lenard [Managing Parner, Harris Dowell Fisher & Harris, LC]: "In the academic world, this case will be a law professor's pleasure and a law student's nightmare. It presents interesting conflicting precedents and policies. Justice Thomas's majority opinion seems to make sense on first reading, but then so do the [read more]

4 Apr 2009

Keiko Hirata [Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge]: "In March 2009, the Tokyo District Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Japanese teachers who had been penalized for refusing to sing Kimigayo, the Japanese national anthem, at school ceremonies. The court rejected the teachers' demand that their punishment be rescinded, ruling [read more]

2 Apr 2009

Warren E. Agin [Partner & Co-Founder, Swiggart & Agin]: "The Travelers Indemnity v. Bailey case addresses a difficult question faced in numerous large Chapter 11 cases, whether a bankruptcy court has the power to issue a channeling injunction as part of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and, if it [read more]

2 Apr 2009

Kent Scheidegger [Legal Director and General Counsel, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation]: "The rule against racially discriminatory use of peremptory challenges is one of the very few constitutional rules of criminal procedure that applies equally to the defense and prosecution. See Georgia v. McCollum. So what happens on appeal when a [read more]

2 Apr 2009

Tammy Fiebelkorn and Marcia Wilson [Program Manager and Attorney, New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty]: "On March 18, 2009, New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill into law that repeals the death penalty and replaces it with a possible sentence of life in prison without possibility of [read more]

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