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U.N. Report Finds Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

On Tuesday February 18 the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, asked world powers to refer the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This comes not in response to their nuclear efforts, but to a recent U.N. report which documents crimes against humanity that have been, and still are, occurring in the isolated, impoverished country of North Korea.

No Comments | Posted by Ian A. Biggs on Wed. April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, International Law, North Korea, United Nations

Federal Circuit Will Reconsider Personal Liability of Corporate Officer's Grossly Negligent Misrepresentation to Customs

A corporate officer of an importer of record is not directly liable for gross negligence when misrepresenting the value of imported merchandise to Customs and Border Protection, according to the Federal Circuit Appeals Court ruling in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. on July 30, 2013. This seemingly well settled principle, based on traditional notions of personal liability protection under the corporate law shield, will soon be tested because the Federal Circuit has granted the U.S. Government’s petition for an en banc rehearing of this case.

No Comments | Posted by Andrea D. Solorzano on Wed. April 16, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: International Law

Sneak Preview: Balancing Freedom of Speech on the Internet Under International Law

Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right which allows people to communicate freely. However, inappropriate communication often leads to conflicts in society. Inappropriate communication can provoke anger and ignite flame wars between people. In particular, inappropriate communication in cultural diversity can easily constitute intercultural or cross-cultural conflict. The “Innocence of Muslims” is an example of inappropriate communication which...

No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Mon. April 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: International Law

Sneak Preview: The Limits of Regulatory Science in the Governance of Trangenic Plant Agriculture and Food Systems

The current national and transnational regulatory and policy framework for transgenic plant agriculture and food is arguably largely defined by science. Notably, transgenic plant agriculture policy deference to science is ostensibly premised on the general perception that science is neutral, objective, reliable, and agnostic. This is exemplified by cases that range from Alliance for Bio-integrity v Donna Shalala, European Communities: Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products, to European Commission v Republic of Poland, in which conscientious, ethical, religious, and cultural oppositional grounds to transgenic plant agriculture and food were trumped by scientific imperatives. However, the lack of unanimity of views amongst scientists on...

No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Fri. April 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: International Law

Moving to Find More Humane Immigration Detention Policies

In early March, the White House announced that President Obama has ordered Jeh Johnson, his Homeland Security Secretary, to look for ways to conduct the current deportation system “more humanely within the confines of the law.” The announcement was made immediately after the President’s Oval Office meeting with three Latino members of the Congress. On the following day, the President gathered more than a dozen labor and immigration leaders for a discussion of current deportation policies and the declining prospects of the comprehensive immigration reform.

No Comments | Posted by Jee-Eun Ahn (Julie) on Fri. April 4, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Immigration

Crimea is Only a Piece of a Much Larger Puzzle

Many of us who have been following the events unfolding in Ukraine for the past several weeks have experienced emotions ranging from apathy to horror. Regardless of the position of the rest of the international community, the Kremlin now says Ukraine’s Crimea region as a part of Russia. Many Ukrainians, including Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, are understandably outraged, calling the contrived annexation "a robbery on an international scale." Others throughout the world, including many Americans, are still asking questions akin to, “why does this matter?” To understand why it matters, we must attempt to understand the motivations of the autocrat pulling the strings, Vladimir Putin.

No Comments | Posted by Cory R. Busker on Thu. April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin

Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Why it is in Trouble

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a hugely significant trade agreement that, if signed, would govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The agreement is being negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. These countries make up 40% of the global economy and other countries may join the pact later. The countries involved in negotiating the TPP account for $1.5 trillion worth of trade in goods and $242 billion worth of services.

No Comments | Posted by Leo W. Alley on Thu. April 3, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Canada, Chile, Peru

France's Veil Ban Withstands Constitutional Scrutiny

On July 18, 2013, Cassandra Belin was returning to her home in the Paris suburb of Trappes, France. Accompanied by her husband and her mother, and with her baby in tow, French police stopped her and asked her to identify herself. The twenty-year-old mother, who had converted to Islam at age fifteen, was wearing a burqa – a clear violation of France’s legislative statute prohibiting French citizens, residents, and tourists from wearing clothing that covers the face, thereby preventing facial identification.

No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth G. Simmons on Wed. April 2, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: France

Sneak Preview: Navigating the Conflict Over Natural Gas Reserves in the Levant Basin of the Mediterranean Sea

In April 2012, forty percent of Israel’s natural gas supply was cut off almost instantly. After months of supply interruptions and allegations of self-dealing on the part of Egyptians in forging a natural gas deal with the Israeli government, the Egyptian government reneged on its agreement to supply Israel with natural gas to meet its energy needs. Almost overnight, Israel was left to figure out how to supply almost half of its energy needs.

No Comments | Posted by Blakely E. Whilden on Wed. April 2, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Israel, Lebanon

Sneak Preview: International Sugar Trade

“You can’t expect both ends of a sugar cane are as sweet.” – Chinese Proverb

This ancient Chinese proverb holds true for not only the varying degrees of sweetness at the ends of a sugar cane, but also for the realities of the international sugar trade. Sugar as a commodity is a major player in the agricultural sector, and the price of sugar impacts markets worldwide.

No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Mon. March 10, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Free Trade, United Nations
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