Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

International Justice’s Prodigal Parent

International Justice’s Prodigal Parent Recent reports of international law violations by the United States- including the Abu Ghraib photographs, accounts of mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay and the Red Cross revelation of “ghost detainees” found on the FBI’s terrorist arrest list but not in any legal facility- do not alter the fact that America’s past contributions to international criminal justice exceed those of any other country. But these violations do beg a question: after investing so much in institutions that worked and that raised our international status, from Nuremberg to the Convention Against Torture to today’s International Criminal Tribunals, why are we now undermining the very foundations of international law? The question was raised earlier this summer in Salzburg, Austria, where Brandeis University brought together judges from international courts, many of them engaged in applying the rule of law to the […]

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