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The Caesar Bill: A Novel Approach to Human Rights Accountability in Syria

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Bill,  named for the Syrian military photographer who defected and smuggled photographs documenting Assad’s brutal crimes, embraces and amplifies the evolving and necessary role that the US and the international community must play in curbing impunity for war crimes.

International Law

China, Russia, and International Law

Whatever economic problems China and Russia may be experiencing, the foreign policy of both countries of growing importance to global peace and security. Russia’s military intervention in Syria and Ukraine have changed the political and military calculus in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea has made that region into a global hotspot of interstate conflict, one that is unlikely to be diffused by the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision in Philippines v. China.  

International Law

A Global Downturn in Human Rights: Implications for International Law

There is a downturn in civil and political rights in many of the world’s largest and most geopolitically significant countries, especially Russia, China, and Turkey, but also other countries such as Venezuela.  These developments have broad potential consequences for international law.  In particular, they have implications for: the success of regional human rights treaties and courts; the “right to democracy”; the meaning of sovereignty; and the overall effectiveness of international law.  


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