Professor Fellmuth’s most provocative points concerned what he deemed to be the political misconception that the United States is a moral authority in human rights matters. On the domestic front, Fellmuth discussed how racial inequality, overwhelming and disparate incarceration rates, and near-oppressive levels of poverty blemish the United States. On the international level, Fellmuth faulted the United States’ for supporting countries with human rights abuses such as Saudi Arabia while condemning Iran, suggesting that our legitimacy cannot survive with such inconsistencies.
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Posted by Laura L. Campbell on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:38 AM
Categories: International Human Rights, Symposium
While the world was focused on the media surrounding terrorist attacks in Paris, France, another Islamic terrorist organization, Boko Haram, massacred 2,000 residents of Baga, Nigeria. The terroristic acts of Boko Haram are not new for the terrorist organization considered the second deadliest in the world, only behind the Taliban.
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Posted by Christina L. Anderson on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:29 AM
Categories: African Union, International Human Rights, Symposium
Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”), a French power and transportation company, pled guilty to bribing government officials – in countries including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas – and falsifying accounting records in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). By pleading guilty to these charges, Alstom is agreeing to pay a criminal penalty of more than $772 million. This criminal penalty represents the largest penalty ever assessed in a FCPA case.
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Posted by Maria R. Mendoza on Tue. January 27, 2015 12:11 PM
On November 14, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked, locking employees out of their computers, compromising important internal data, and leaking unreleased movies onto the internet. In response to the attack, President Obama said the U.S. would "respond proportionately." The President’s authority to respond proportionately to the Sony attacks is based in principles of international law.
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Posted by Andrew D. Johnstone on Wed. January 21, 2015 11:16 AM
Categories: Cyberwarfare, International Law, North Korea