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Sudanese Islamists Violate Human Rights With Christian Purge
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

Radical Islamists have fully seized the reins in Sudan with the government giving Christian citizens until April 8 th to flee the country. To remain means to face likely death, as the rule of law is abused to violate human rights by religious bigots... Read More

Rule of Law Prevails Over Spanish Human Rights Activist Judge
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

To some, Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain's Audencia Nacional is a hero for his work from the bench to address human rights violations. Aggressively applying the concept of universal jurisdiction, the judge reached across the globe to bring... Read More

Russia’s Ejection of USAID and the Protection of Human Rights
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Afghani Schools, Women’s Human Rights, and the Rule of Law
Posted on 1 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Liberian Charles Taylor, War Crimes, and the Rule of Law
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

Not since World War II has an international tribunal held a former head state accountable for war crimes. That changed last week when the Special Court for Sierra Leone sentenced Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, to prison for a term... Read More

Nigerian Sex Trafficking, Witchcraft, and the Rule of Law
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

A Global Trust for the Rule of Law?
Posted on 4 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Arab Spring, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law-Demo Version
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by LexisNexis International & Foreign Law Staff (

As one views the Middle East post-Arab Spring, the promise of democratic governments has quickly been replaced with Islamic theocracy. The radical vision of a Grand Caliphate appears to be closer at hand than it was at the beginning of 2011. With this... Read More

Dolphin Advocates Belittle Human Rights
Posted on 25 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

As demonstrated last weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), there is a movement to classify dolphins and whales as "persons" vested with human rights. This classification would curtail... Read More

Chowdhury v. Worldtel and Sinaltrainal v. Coca Cola
Posted on 20 Oct 2009 by Jonathan Drimmer & Laura Ardito

Two similar recent cases by courts construing and applying the Alien Tort Statute demonstrate that courts will strictly apply the recent pleading standards set forth by the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, but that if those standards can be met, the... Read More

Human Rights Violations Served With Tea
Posted on 14 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Jailed Iranian lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, wins 2012 IBA Human Rights Award
Posted on 15 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

The Future of Tibet and the Rule of Law
Posted on 18 Dec 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Discrimination and Equal Treatment of National Minorities in the Practice of the Supreme Court of Estonia
Posted on 25 Jul 2008 by Sergei Jegorov

In a multinational society there is always a danger of falling victim to discrimination or unequal treatment on the grounds of nationality, language or origin. There are more than 100 nationalities represented in Estonia. The largest groups are Estonians... Read More

ABA to Assume Bigger Role in Fight Against Human Trafficking
Posted on 23 Aug 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More