Former Liberian president and strongman Charles Taylor has been taken to Sierra Leone under UN custody to face war crimes proceedings. His case will be watched closely on a continent where predatory leaders are rarely held accountable for their crimes.
Listen to Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) discuss the need for establishing a fair and clear legal framework so that all branches of government work together through bipartisanship in fighting terrorism and apprehending suspected terrorists.
Watch Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) discuss the need for establishing a fair and clear legal framework so that all branches of government work together through bipartisanship in fighting terrorism and apprehending suspected terrorists.
The State Department official in charge of addressing human rights issues, Assistant Secretary Barry Lowenkron, tells cfr.org a number of states fear the proposed UN Human Rights Council, which will seek to enforce international human rights law. As the council debate continues, Washington has also issued its annual report on human rights performance, drawing charges from a number of states of U.S. hypocrisy.
Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) discusses the eroding rule of law with which the United States government operates regarding intelligence-gathering, torture, and surveillance. By establishing a fair and clear legal framework, all branches of government may work together through bipartisanship in fighting terrorism and apprehending suspected terrorists.
Essay by John Bellinger, legal adviser to the U.S. secretary of state, based on a presentation he delivered to the Atlantic Council at a November 2005 workshop regarding Transatlantic Approaches to the International Legal Regime in an Age of Globalization and Terrorism.
China's legal system is developing, but meaningful reform of its authoritarian political system has not yet taken place. What role are law and legal institutions likely to play in China's political reform process? This hearing assessed the state of China's rule of law development and examined the role of legal institutions in political transitions in Taiwan and South Korea to see whether these experiences suggest a path ahead for China.
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