International Law

    • 11 Mar 2013

    Le cas des ressources pillées en amont des chaînes d'approvisionnement mondiales

    Exclusif à LexisNexis France/Semaine Juridique, E dition Générale : Le cas des ressources pillées en amont des chaînes d'approvisionnement mondiales : Poser les bonnes questions [1] Elise Groulx, Ad.E., LL.M, avocate [2] , O f Counsel , Cabinet Boyle Litigation à Washington et Cabinet Hincker et Associés à Strasbourg et Paris , médiatrice...
    • 11 Mar 2013

    Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains

    Exclusive from LexisNexis France/Semaine Juridique, General Edition: Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains: Asking the Right Questions [1] Elise Groulx , Ad.E., LL.M., Attorney at law [2] , Of Counsel, Washington office, Boyle Litigation, District of Columbia, United States of America and for Hincker & Associés , Strasbourg & Paris, France Lew H. Diggs , MA (Oxon), MBA, Strategic...
    • 18 Dec 2012

    The Future of Tibet and the Rule of Law

    To many in the Western World, Tibet brings to mind the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gayatso, a humble man who has achieved celebrity status primarily through news reports showing him meeting with heads of state and famous actors who are Buddhists. Relatively few understand that the Dalai Lama lives in exile while his fellow Tibetans suffer many human rights violations imposed by the Chinese government. Perhaps exile...
    • 10 Dec 2012

    The Cyrus Cylinder, International Human Rights Day and the Rule of Law

    As many celebrate International Human Rights Day today (December 10 th ), a 2500-year-old inscribed stone, the Cyrus Cylinder reminds us that human rights are a complex issue with which humankind has struggled with throughout history. In 2013, the British Museum will lend the clay cylinder for a tour of five major United States museums in the District of Columbia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco...
    • 5 Dec 2012

    Can Syria’s Rebels Restore the Rule of Law?

    Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime. On a positive note, the new system relies upon an impartial judiciary and evidentiary standards for both military and civilian cases. In other words, it is more likely to provide a fair...
    • 27 Nov 2012

    Nigerian Sex Trafficking, Witchcraft, and the Rule of Law

    Imagine you are a young woman living in Nigeria. Living in poverty without an education or vocational skills, your choices are limited. How will you survive? If you're a single mother, a popular option is to work as a prostitute. Don't expect child support from your kid's biological father. Even if you didn't plan to do this, odds are that you will be duped into the sex trade by someone...
    • 12 Nov 2012

    Should Nations Be Denied U.N. Human Rights Council Membership?

    No matter who wins U.N. General Assembly vote for the 18 seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there will be critics who contend that certain member states are unfit to serve because of their systematic violation of human rights and disrespect for the rule of law. Many find that United States, Germany, and other Western nations are fit to serve. Yet there are critics who claim that the United...
    • 23 Oct 2012

    Do Yemeni Hospital Raids Violate Human Rights and the Rule of Law?

    In post-revolutionary Yemen, a republic where it is legal to have arranged marriages to 9-year-old girls who have reached puberty, and where justice frequently turns a blind eye on torture, it is unsurprising that treatment of hospital patients has come under criticism by human rights organizations and other NGOs. According to Human Rights Watch , Yemeni government forces raid hospitals to apprehend Islamic militants...
    • 15 Oct 2012

    Jailed Iranian lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, wins 2012 IBA Human Rights Award

    Imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is the winner of the 2012 International Bar Association Human Rights Award. The announcement was made at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, where Mr Soltani’s daughter, Maede Soltani, and fellow Iranian lawyer, Mahnaz Parakand, accepted the Award on his behalf. A co-founder of the Defenders of Human...
    • 12 Oct 2012

    Rule of Law Essential to Restoring Malian Human Rights

    The rule of law in Mali is at a critical juncture. In the past six months, the nation's government has been toppled by the military, the acting president was nearly beaten to death, there have been Taureg secessionist movements, and radical Islamists are imposing Sharia law upon territory they control in northern Mali. In that region, an estimated 500,000 are now refugees. Drug trafficking, kidnapping for...
    • 4 Oct 2012

    A Global Trust for the Rule of Law?

    In a Council on Foreign Relations' Policy Information Memorandum , Ambassador Mark P. Lagon proposes the creation of a global trust for the rule of law that would be financially supported internationally by both public and private sectors. The trust would support human rights, provide access to justice for people, and related endeavors promoting the rule of law. Recommended Reading A New Global Fund...
    • 1 Oct 2012

    Afghani Schools, Women’s Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

    If you're an adult Afghani woman, you're probably one of the 94% who never attended school because the Taliban prohibited it. Although 3 million girls now attend school in Afghanistan, the long-term prospects for receiving an education are grim. To attend school means to risk your life. Walking to and from school you could be beaten, attacked with acid, or killed. At school, you risk being a victim of...
    • 22 Sep 2012

    Russia’s Ejection of USAID and the Protection of Human Rights

    In the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, human rights NGOs interfere with his ongoing rule that paints a thin veneer of democracy over a regime that has never trusted the ballot box. Having risen to power as a KGB operative, it's not surprising that President Putin has been the driving force behind new law that creates foreign agent registration requirements for NGOs that receive foreign aid and participate...
    • 14 Sep 2012

    Congo War Crimes, Rwandan Complicity, and the Rule of Law

    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, M23 rebels are committing war crimes and other human rights abuses. Both adults and minors are conscripted to serve in the rebel militia. If they attempt to flee, they are killed. Pregnant women and even preteen girls are raped. Civilians are massacred. The M23 rebels would not be a viable fighting force without the military and financial support they receive from Rwanda. To...
    • 7 Sep 2012

    LexisNexis Promotes Rule of Law at ABA Annual Meeting

    At the ABA Rule of Law Initiative's luncheon panel at the ABA Annual Meeting, Ian McDougall , Executive Vice President and General Counsel for global legal business of LexisNexis, "stressed the importance of leveraging an organization's core skills in discussing LexisNexis South Africa's work to consolidate and update laws in 14 countries across Africa. McDougall also spoke about LexisNexis'...
    • 31 Aug 2012

    Will Nigerian Slum Demolition Violate Human Rights?

    The Nigerian government plans to demolish the Abuja slum of Mpape. The government contends that this high crime area operates as a base for the terrorist group Boko Haram . In addition, the slum predominantly consists of shanties built illegally. In other words, Mpape is both a public nuisance and a national security threat. On the other hand, to those living in Mpape, it is their home. Some have purchased the...
    • 23 Aug 2012

    ABA to Assume Bigger Role in Fight Against Human Trafficking

    Laurel Bellows, American Bar Association (ABA) President-Elect, recently announced an ABA anti-human trafficking initiative . During the next year, ABA efforts will include promotion of uniform state anti-trafficking laws, first responder victim assistance training, anti-trafficking corporate responsibility activities, and encouraging lawyers to handle human rights cases on a pro bono basis. This ABA presidential...
    • 22 Aug 2012

    How Human Rights Can Now Be Protected in Ethiopia

    When one thinks of Ethiopia, on the positive side, there has been economic development in recent years that compares favorably to its neighbors. However, the picture would not be complete without acknowledging the systematic disrespect for individual human rights. With the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the country's next prime minister will have the opportunity review his predecessor's...
    • 13 Aug 2012

    Should Sudan Join the U.N. Human Rights Council?

    If former Liberian President Charles Taylor, now convicted and sentenced for war crimes, had retained power, would the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) offer his regime membership? Would the mass murder, torture, and use of child soldiers be ignored so that Liberia could weigh in on human rights issues? Although these questions may seem academic in nature given Mr. Taylor's current incarceration for his crimes...
    • 27 Jul 2012

    Venezuela Abandons the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    According to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's allies, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights interferes with national sovereignty by taking cases that have not been fully resolved in domestic courts. These critics contend that the human rights court is biased against leftist governments. Having previously threatened to leave the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights , presumably because of this alleged...
    • 11 Jul 2012

    ICC Minor Victory Against Use of Child Soldiers

    Imagine that Union of Congolese Patriots (UCP) warlord Thomas Lubanga visited your family's home one day. Chances are that if you had a young daughter, she would be taken by force and used by Lubanga's rebel group as a sex slave. If you had a young son, he would be conscripted to fight as a child soldier with Lubanga. For crimes such as these, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed out three prison...
    • 28 Jun 2012

    Operation Cross Country Brings Rule of Law to Child Prostitution

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in conjunction with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), state and local law enforcement, rescued 79 teenage prostitutes and arrested 104 alleged child sex traffickers ("pimps" and "madams"). Part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative , Operation Cross Country VI involved more than two thousand...
    • 22 Jun 2012

    European Court of Human Rights and the Rule of Law

    What is the future of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in applying the rule of law? Is the ECHR a necessary vehicle for protecting human rights or an inefficient mechanism that improperly interferes with the sovereignty and rule of national law among the 47 Council of Europe participants? The United Kingdom leads the ECHR's critics, extracting reform concessions at the Brighton conference earlier...
    • 14 Jun 2012

    Human Rights Violations Served With Tea

    Imagine you were born the child of a tea plucker on a plantation in India. Your parents are functional illiterates who work long hours for less than USD $2 per day to feed the family. If your family is lucky, you will be able to eat just enough to live but remain malnourished. If one of the unfortunate, you may starve to death when a parent dies or becomes unemployed. Early parental death is common. Those who...