Blog Posts: Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

EU-Turkey Agreement: is the EU's refugee return program legal?

Under the new EU-Turkey agreement, all illegal migrants arriving in the EU from Turkey will be returned, but t he EU must be careful that its ultimate goal of curbing the migrant influx through mass deportation does not overshadow its obligation under international law to respect migrants’ rights.
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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Thu. March 31, 2016 9:00 PM
Categories: European Union, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

The motivations for and mechanics of a “Brexit”

Brits are about to make the most important decision on the UK's sovereignty in four decades: whether to remain in the EU or withdraw in a so-called “Brexit.” Here's how a Brexit would look under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union.

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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Mon. March 21, 2016 10:21 PM
Categories: European Union, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United Kingdom

The legal and moral dimensions of a no-fly zone over Syria

Several former foreign-policy officials have proposed a "no-fly zone" over parts of Syria as a way of shielding civilians from attacks by government forces. President Obama and others have criticized the idea as likely to provoke a confrontation with Russia. Whatever the policy merits, a no-fly zone could have some justification in international law.
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No Comments | Posted by John A. Sorenson (Adam) on Wed. March 9, 2016 11:55 AM
Categories: Law of War, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Syria, United Nations

Thailand's prosecution in tourist deaths violated human rights

Thailand's apparent use of torture to extract murder confessions from two Burmese migrant workers was a fairly clear violation of the UN Convention Against Torture. Less clear is whether the workers or Burma will be able to seek redress.
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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Wed. March 2, 2016 10:26 PM
Categories: Immigration, International Human Rights, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Thailand

Kanpai! TPP could help Japanese craft brewers and U.S. grain growers

Japan's most widely available beers are clear, medium-bodied lagers, but its beer market is infamously opaque for craft brewers and importers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would probably open that market for a wider variety of brews, especially those that use imported wheat and barley.

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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Thu. February 18, 2016 2:05 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Japan, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

Commerce Dep't struggles to implement anti-cyberwar regs

A U.S. Commerce Department agency proposed export regulations to meet an international commitment to limit technologies that can be used for cyberattacks. But the agency withdrew the proposal after a barrage of criticism from the tech industry.
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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Wed. February 17, 2016 9:52 PM
Categories: Cyberwarfare, Free Trade, Intellectual property, International regulatory coordination, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

Dominican Republic violates int'l law in canceling citizenship

The Dominican Republic has stripped citizenship from tens of thousands of ethnic Haitians. The violation of human rights is epic in scale but has provoked virtually no international outcry.

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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Tue. January 26, 2016 8:08 PM
Categories: Caribbean, Immigration, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

FIFA corruption scandal raises unique issues in extradition law

The FIFA scandal raises novel issues in the law of extradition and in U.S. courts' extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Sun. January 24, 2016 7:56 AM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Corruption, Criminal Law, Extradition, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

WTO ruling threatens U.S. labels on dolphin-free tuna

The WTO Appellate Body recently declared the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program for canned tuna discriminatory against Mexican tuna imports and in violation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Sat. January 9, 2016 12:38 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Mexico, Natural resources, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States, World Trade Organization
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