By Graham Dumas (J.D. Candidate 2011) Philip Alston famously described the use of drones by the U.S. military and the CIA as potentially leading to a "playstation mentality," in which the human and capital costs of strikes are so decreased…
In memory of Louis Henkin, who died last month in New York, I recently took to the archives, to see whether any of his work had found its way into the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. While Henkin’s byline never appeared in any of JILP’s forty-two volumes, his work nevertheless left a mark on our pages.
In the seventh volume of JILP, a review of Henkin’s Foreign Affairs and the Constitution recognized the supreme importance of this work to the field of U.S. foreign relations law. (7 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 203.) Henkin, Stanley Futterman wrote, spoke with “the natural modesty and courage of the true teacher.” But our reviewer soon takes a more critical stance in light of Henkin’s discussion of Vietnam.
By Emily MacKenzie, NYU School of Law, (LL.M Candidate, 2011)
The last week has seen a tense discourse in political and legal circles in the UK centering on prisoners’ voting rights. This discussion in some sense represents the culmination of five years of debate about the enforceability of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In March 2004 the ECtHR held unanimously in Hirst v UK that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners voting violated Article 3 Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Despite the rejection of the UK’s appeal to the Grand Chamber, and the obligation under Article 46 ECHR to enforce Strasbourg judgments, the government has to date failed to enact legal reform to implement this decision. Whilst there has been an ongoing consultation, it is not overly cynical to describe the process as merely ‘going through the motions.’ The unexplained delays, refusal to entertain the option of allowing all prisoners to vote, and the government’s consistent expression of its disagreement with the ruling all attest to this conclusion.
Repeated criticisms by the Council of Europe came to a head when the government failed to act on any of the proposals in time to allow prisoners to vote in the June 2010 election. Last week, however, UK newspapers reported that the new coalition government is finally going to implement the judgment. (See coverage by The Guardian here.) The exact program and timescale of reform remain unclear, but it seems to be generally accepted that a change is in the offing. The governmental attitude remains, however, that such reform is something imposed on the UK by Europe, that it is not something that the government wants, and that they will apply it as restrictively as possible. In light of this continued reticence, one may ask: why after five years of stalling is the government finally giving in?
This week, Professor Lawrence Solum's Legal Theory Blog features Vagueness and the Guidance of Action by Jeremy Waldron (NYU Law). The paper is relevant to this blog not only for its general discussion on rule of law values, but also…
NYU Law has posted video of our Oct. 22 symposium on “International Law and Environmental Protection in a Melting Arctic.” Below is the keynote address, given by Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States. The Ambassador’s speech begins at 25:34, preceded by short introductions from Jose Alvarez and Herbert Rubin.
See more video after the jump.
JILP staff Lauren DeMartini and Sylwia Wewiora have contributed to a recent report by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice on Foreign Land Deals and Human Rights. The report was developed in support of the mandate of the…