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

November 19, 2014 - 11:00am EST
One of the most widely ratified human rights treaties is that which protects the world’s youngest citizens: the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention provides many international protections for children that are already covered under national legislation today. These protections range from life, name, and nationality to expression of opinion, freedom of thought, privacy, identity, and many additional [...] Read More
November 14, 2014 - 3:50pm EST
Letters to Jake Series, Letter #6 Dear Jake, My letters to you have explained how I think the world should use global laws to keep peace, ensure justice and protect our planet for all humanity. I want the countries and peoples of the world to agree on laws that we all should follow. When disagreements arise, we should go to court instead of using military force and violence. In today’s world we don’t have a way to pass [...] Read More
Portrait of Pakistani School Girl (Photo Credit:UN Flickr)
November 01, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
It might be hard to believe, but did you know that the United States and Somalia are the only countries not to have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child? The United States prides itself on being a global leader and defender of human rights, but ironically, it seems that it has not lived up to this expectation in regards to the treaty. Adopted on November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child ( [...] Read More