International Law

Eric Posner on the Alien Tort Statute

The United States Can’t Be the World’s Courthouse
Eric Posner
April 24, 2013

Two things America is known for—its love of lawsuits and its delight in meddling in the affairs of other countries—led to a strange form of litigation in which foreigners bring suits in U.S. courts against other foreigners, for human rights violations in foreign countries.

Eric Posner

Justice Albie Sachs, "Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa"

Justice Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court of South Africa discussed the Fourie case, gay rights, and the same-sex marriage decision in South Africa. This lecture was recorded on April 9, 2013.

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Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on Latin America’s ‘Wiki-constitutionalism’

Latin America’s ‘Wiki-constitutionalism’
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Miami Herald
April 21, 2013

Latin America has the world’s most tortuous constitutional history. According to a study of constitutions around the world by Jose Luis Cordeiro, 19 of the 21 Latin American nations have had at least five constitutions, 11 have written at least 10, and five countries have adopted 20 or more.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on the Looming Showdown in Venezuela

The showdown in Caracas
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Foreign Policy
April 17, 2013

Events in Venezuela are rapidly coming to a head.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on Maduro and Venezuela's Future

Heir exposes hollow at heart of Chavismo
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Financial Times
April 11, 2013

In Venezuela, history is repeating itself in accordance with Karl Marx’s dictum: Hugo Chávez was tragedy; his would-be successor, farce.

"Using Legal Procedures to Gain Political Access," by Lynette Chua, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

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Singapore’s Penal Code criminalizes sexual conduct between men. Professor Lynette Chua of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law will talk about her study on how groups mobilize under authoritarian conditions, gain political access, and create a state-sanctioned political event that justified coverage by the state-controlled media.

JSD Candidate Dawood Ahmed Discusses Pakistan's Blasphemy Law

Let’s Give Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law a Break
Dawood Ahmed
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
March 20, 2013

In March 2013, a mob of 3000 rioting mostly young and middle aged men burned down dozens of Christian homes in Lahore. In July 2012, a mentally unstable man was torched alive for alleged blasphemy.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on What Chavez Got Right

The Little that Hugo Chávez Got Right
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Boston Review
March 14, 2013

There was a time when the world spoke of “Venezuelan Exceptionalism.” For nearly half a century—while Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay were military dictatorships, the Andean nations were trapped in a carousel of coups d’état, and violent civil insurgency seemed ubiquitous—Venezuela was South America’s only stable and functional democracy.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13: "A Tomb for the Pharaoh of Barinas"

A tomb for the Pharaoh of Barinas
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Foreign Policy
March 8, 2013

Despite holding a political philosophy based, in part, on valuing groups above individuals, Marxist governments have long been fond of embalming particularly memor

2013 Coase Lecture - Tom Ginsburg, "Constitutions as Products"

Constitutional lawyers tend to study constitutions as sets of legal rules and judicial decisions. But written constitutions are also products, with different design features: they can be more or less detailed, innovative, or ambitious; they can be produced in a more or less inclusive manner; and they can have a short-term expiration date or be designed for the long haul.

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Tom Ginsburg
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