Laurence Helfer

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Laurence R. Helfer is Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University. He is also a Permanent Visiting Professor at iCourts: The Center of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen. His research interests include human rights, international adjudication, and the interdisciplinary analysis of international laws and institutions. He has authored more than seventy publications on these and other topics.

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Facebook Oversight Board

Is the Facebook Oversight Board an International Human Rights Tribunal?

Comparing the Facebook Oversight Board to an international human rights tribunal reveals that the board’s ability to hold Facebook accountable will depend on its ability to develop human rights norms, incentivize Facebook to internalize those norms, and overcome challenges to building its authority and legitimacy.

Western Europe

The Brexit Decision and Its Implications for U.S. Debates over Treaty Withdrawal

Affirming a lower court decision, the UK Supreme Court has held that, despite the referendum in June 2016 calling for withdrawal from the European Union, Britain cannot withdraw from the Union without parliamentary approval. In doing so, the Court emphasized the “constitutional character” of the legislation that implements the UK’s membership in the EU (para. 67).