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Statement by Professor William Snyder on U.S. attacks on Syria

“All nations have the right to use military force in self-defense, but Syria has not attacked the United States.  If we, the U.S., are to use force against another nation in order to enforce international law rather than in self-defense, then as members of the United Nations we must wait for authorization by the Security Council.  […]

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Wrong, Mr. Snowden, Just Wrong.

I’ve tried to stay out of this, but now Snowden has blundered into areas of my expertise and about which he either knows nothing or chooses to lie.  This is not a matter of policy or morality or political persuasion.  This is just something he asserts as a fact that simply is not true. As […]

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OSJI Releases Report on CIA Rendition Program

The Guardian reports that a document was recently published by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) detailing the extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.     According to the report, at least fifty-four countries were involved in the global kidnapping, detention, and torture operation that followed the 9/11 attacks. The report further states: There […]

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European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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USSC Hears Oral Arguments on Case Questioning Scope of ATS

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company. As the National Law Journal describes, the plaintiffs, members of Nigeria’s Ogoni people, claim the defendants (Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, Shell Transport and Trading Company PLC, and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, LTD) violated international […]

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ECHR Rules Muslim Cleric May Be Extradited to U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reported that despite the argument that a jail term in the United States would expose Abu Hamza al-Masri to “torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hamza may be extradited to the United States to face charges of terrorism. The report further […]

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DOJ Grants Immunity in CIA Torture Case

ABC News reports that the United States government has officially closed the investigation into the alleged torture of CIA detainees during the Bush Administration. No one will be prosecuted. The investigation centered on the deaths of Gul Rahman, a suspected Afghan militant, and an Iraqi prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi. Rahman froze to death in 2002 at Salt […]

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Web Seminar on Regulating the Conduct of Military Personnel in Peace Operations

The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University is hosting a live web seminar on Thursday, 1/26/12, entitled Regulating the Conduct of Military Personnel in Peace Operations.  Registration is required, but participation is free. From their website: (Register) Date and time: Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:30 am Eastern Standard Time (New York, […]

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