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Global Trumpism, Week 16: Brexit and Trump as Consequences of the New National Protectionism

Global Trumpism, Week 16: Brexit and Trump as Consequences of the New National Protectionism

By: Mattia Cutolo The following analysis sets its framework on a particular date: Wednesday March 29th, when Theresa May “Brexit!” dixit (latin: “When Theresa May said: “Brexit!”). That is when the UK Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, delivered a letter signed by...

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The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

By: Suhao Chen On May 25, 1993, in the midst of violent conflict in the Balkans, the UN Security Council decided (through Resolution 827) to establish the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to prosecute persons responsible for serious violations...

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Global Trumpism, Week Ten: The Syrian Conflict goes from Bad to Worse

By: Leila Sadat Although one can fault the Obama administration for its tepid policy towards Syria, Trump’s airstrikes against a Syrian military base on Thursday, April 6th take the U.S. policy towards Syria in a dangerous new direction. Although it’s tempting to...

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Lemberg – Lvov – Lviv: How a City Helped Shape Modern International Criminal Law

Lemberg – Lvov – Lviv: How a City Helped Shape Modern International Criminal Law

By: Megan Reif On Thursday, March 30th, Washington University School of Law and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute welcomed Philippe Sands to campus as part of the Assembly Series and Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series. Prof. Sands gave a special...

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70 Years Later: the Tenth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Nuremberg

70 Years Later: the Tenth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Nuremberg

“Let us leave here renewed in our devotion to justice – not just for the people of our own countries, but for the people of all countries.  Let us leave here refreshed in our determination to defend human rights, to protect human liberty, and to uphold human dignity...

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WashU Expert: Congress should work with Obama to close Gitmo

WashU Expert: Congress should work with Obama to close Gitmo

By: Neil Schoenherr (Originally posted on The Source) President Barack Obama this week announced his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision to open the facility in the first place was a bad idea in theory, made even worse in...

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Global Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity and Statements at the UN General Assembly

Global Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity and Statements at the UN General Assembly

By: Tamara L. Slater Over the last three years, there has been an increasingly robust discussion within the United Nations about a new global convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity. A few weeks ago the UN General Assembly (UNGA)...

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