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August 16, 2021

Latin America
No U.S. Court Can Make Mexico's Streets Safe

Suing U.S. gun makers may be good law and politics, but that won’t fix Mexico’s police or courts and end its culture of impunity.

Police officers holding shields cross in front of a gas station in Mexico City

May 25, 2021

International Criminal Court
A Renewed Agenda to Advance US Interests with the International Criminal Court

Almost seven years following the inaugural Arguendo essays, little has changed to alter the three proposals set forth in my own essay of June 3, 2014, which I address shortly.  No doubt the relations…

February 23, 2021

International Criminal Court
The Role of the International Criminal Court

The ICC was created to bring justice to the world’s worst war criminals, but debate over the court still rages.

Judges are pictured in the courtroom during the trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court.

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

June 25, 2021

International Law
The Supreme Court Denied a Child Labor Claim Against U.S. Firms: What to Know

Though Nestlé and Cargill were not held accountable for child labor in their supply chains, the Supreme Court upheld the precedent that corporate decisions are subject to international law.

A ten year old works at a leather tannery in Bangladesh, where enforcing international laws against child labor in the supply chain is increasingly difficult.

December 8, 2020

International Law
U.S. Supreme Court Assesses Corporate Complicity in Child Slavery

Should U.S. companies be held responsible for child slavery on West African farms where cocoa beans are harvested? The top U.S. court’s decision could have major consequences for chocolate companies …

A farm worker breaks a cocoa pod at a plantation near Guiglo, western Ivory Coast.

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

November 22, 2019

United States
The Supreme Court in 2020: A Look Ahead

Panelists discuss upcoming cases for the Supreme Court’s 2019–2020 term, and how the current makeup of the Supreme Court could affect landmark decisions. 

Play Supreme Court

September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

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 September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.