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March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

August 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Nuon Chea and the Failures of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Earlier this month, Nuon Chea, the former number two in the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal 1975–1979 regime, died in a hospital in Phnom Penh. He was ninety-three years old.  Nuon Chea had served under Khme…

The Khmer Rouge's most senior surviving leader, “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, is held as he approaches the municipal court in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on December 13, 2002.

May 19, 2020

Rwanda
Financier of Rwandan Genocide Will Finally Face Justice in Court

On May 17, twenty-six years after the Rwandan genocide, Félicien Kabuga was finally arrested outside of Paris.  He had been a wanted man for decades, and was the most notorious architect of the 1994 atrocities still at large.

Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie's Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes (OCLCH), diplays documents with a wanted poster depicting a photograph of Felicien Kabuga during an interview with Reuters at his office, about the arrest of Rwandan genocide fugitive suspect Felicien Kabuga, in Paris, France, May 19, 2020

September 12, 2019

Nigeria
Tribunal Upholds 2019 Nigerian Election While NGO Report Condemns Electoral Body

On September 11, the Presidential Elections Tribunal rejected Atiku Abubakar’s petition, saying that he had failed to provide sufficient proof of fraud. Atiku Abubakar’s next step is to appeal to the Supreme Court. Defeated presidential candidates in the past have appealed to the Supreme Court, as they are entitled to do, but none have ever had an election overturned.

Atiku Abubakar sits and clasps his hands at a meeting in Abuja.

March 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian High Court Orders Release of Detained Former Islamic Ruler

The Federal High court in Abuja has ordered the release from detention of Lamido Sanusi, the former emir of Kano deposed and exiled by the governor of the state of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje. The decision follows a suit filed by Sanusi in federal court. It remains to be seen whether the judge’s orders will be carried out; the rule of law can be weak in Nigeria, especially when it comes to high-profile political prisoners.

Muhammad Lamid Sanusi II, then the emir of Kano, dress is mostly red robed embroidered with gold and his red turban and veil, rides through a crowd on a dressed camel during the Durbar festival, on the second day of Eid al-Adha celebration in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, on September 2, 2017. An aid holds a heavy red parasol over him as he rides.

March 28, 2018

International Law
The International Criminal Court and the Trump Administration

With John Bolton as national security advisor, both the United States and the International Criminal Court should take steps to avoid a collision. 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on November 11, 2006.

October 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Inequality in South Korean Military

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers October 9 to October 22.

South Korean soldiers salute their country's flag in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

October 17, 2021

Venezuela
Saab Story: Venezuela, Maduro, and Human Sacrifice

An extradition to the United States is a reminder of justice--and its absence.

October 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers October 2 to October 8. 

People protest the restrictive Texas abortion law in New York City during the 2021 Women's March.

June 7, 2011

International Organizations
The Trials of International Tribunals

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters) Champions of international justice have been heartene…

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre.