International Law & Treaties

History has taught us that the promotion of international law via institutions like the UN and the Int'l Criminal Court is important. We blog on and advocate for a cooperative U.S. role in the world, including participating fully in important treaties such as Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Arms Trade Treaty, the Disability Treaty, etc.

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News and Updates

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am EDT
Economic sanctions are increasingly being used to promote the full range of American foreign policy objectives. Yet all too often sanctions turn out to be little more than  expressions of U.S. preferences that hurt American economic interests without changing the target's behavior for the better. Fifteen years later this quote from a Brookings policy brief on the topic of economic sanctions still stands true. Economics [...] Read More
Pollution in Our Oceans
July 04, 2014 - 2:50pm EDT
"Plastic is everywhere in the ocean." "87% of the world’s marine fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or depleted." These are just two of a number of very troubling statements concerning our world’s oceans, as outlined in a report released last Tuesday by the Global Ocean Commission. The report, which comprehensively details the issues that pose a threat to the health of our oceans, asks that countries cease [...] Read More
Meriam Ibrahim, apostasy, women's rights, Sudan
June 26, 2014 - 2:00pm EDT
A few days ago, my mother, who of course reads my blog posts, excitedly notified me over Facebook that Meriam Ibrahim has been released from prison in Sudan. Last week I wrote about how the court’s apostasy accusation against Ibrahim, in addition to being an egregious assault on religious freedom, was also a case study in codified misogyny. This legalized chauvinism had forced a mother to give birth shackled to the floor [...] Read More