March 23, 2019

Sudan’s Unlawful State of Emergency

– With Nasredeen Abdulbari.  On February 22, Sudan’s embattled president, Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year, nation-wide state of emergency. He subsequently issued five decrees to implement the declaration that collectively curtail fundamental rights to a degree that is unprecedented in the post-independence history of Sudan. The state of emergency came during peaceful protests— started by […]

The Hidden Danger of User-Generated Evidence

In the summer of 2017, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) took a remarkable step. For the first time, they issued an arrest warrant based primarily on video footage that a user posted to Facebook. It was a harbinger of the 21st Century forms of evidence that will soon flow into international courtrooms. The […]

She’s Credible, So Long As Her Attacker Is Not Our Guy

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford threw her life into turmoil yesterday to testify before the nation. Asked by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), with what degree of certainty she believed that Judge Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her, she responded: “One hundred percent.” Every senator voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court should be pushed to answer one […]

Time to Dust Off the War Crimes Act?

With Sarah Knuckey Former members of the U.S. military are present in armed conflicts across the globe. Working for private military contractors, they are typically tasked with training and advising foreign armies. But a Buzzfeed article published this week profiles a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has reportedly taken on a commanding role within the United […]

Paying attention to land rights in Syria negotiations

Deyaa Alrwishdi & Rebecca Hamilton – As President Donald Trump ponders his response to yet another chemical weapons attack in Syria, advisers and commentators alike are mired in short-term calculations. But one day the Syrian conflict will come to an end. Whether this will involve the kind of negotiated settlement being sought in Geneva, or a much […]

#metoo

You can read the full article, explaining my relationship to this topic, over at The Washington Post. Here I’d like to draw attention to the challenges for the #metoo movement going forward: ….I study large-scale advocacy movements. I’ve led them, observed them, written about them. Each is a product of its time and place, so […]

Hundreds of foreigners are fighting for UAE in Yemen—How war crimes trials may deter them

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen continues to eye a takeover of the Port of Hodeida, which has been under the control of the Houthi rebels since they forced President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee Yemen back in 2014. Experts have warned about the risk of war crimes should the Saudi- and Emirates-led coalition seize […]

Tinkering Won’t Save the Immigration and Refugee Executive Order

In a recent post I pointed out the serious flaws in the Trump administration’s claim that the seven countries identified in its Executive Order on immigration were selected on the basis of the Obama administration’s analysis. The different context for the Obama administration’s identification of the seven countries rendered those countries a fairly arbitrary choice for […]

Australia’s Refugee Policy a Crime Against Humanity

Last week, a veritable who’s who of human rights lawyers, coordinated through Stanford Law School’s human rights clinic, lodged a 108-page brief with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to investigate alleged crimes committed by Australian officials and the Australian government’s private contractors. Among an ICC docket stacked with African warlords and […]

Why Trump’s Selection of Seven Countries is Not the Same as Obama’s

On Friday, President Trump’s Executive Order barred individuals from seven, predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The legal and moral flaws in the order have already been thoroughly articulated. Likewise, the roughshod manner in which the order was pushed through became clear as chaos ensued at major airports, and lawyers successfully challenged the executive action in […]