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January 14, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: First Woman Nominated to Pakistan’s Supreme Court

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 January 8 to January 14.

A man rides a bicycle past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad.

December 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
European Court Orders Russia to Improve Domestic Violence Protections

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 December 11 to December 17.

Participants attend a rally, held to support women's rights and to protest against violence towards women, with a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin seen in the background, in Saint Petersburg, Russia March 8, 2019.

December 3, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Future of Roe v. Wade

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 November 20 to December 3. 

People gather outside the Supreme Court building on the day of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021.

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.

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…

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

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

November 22, 2021

International Law
A Negotiator's Reliance on the Nuremberg Legacy

This year we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal: on 30 September and 1 October 1946, the International Military Tribunal (IMT) delivered its Judgement in the tr…

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 9, 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.