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Saturday 31 Jan 2009

Jennifer Turner [Human Rights Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program]: "President Obama's recent executive orders to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp within a year and to reverse many of the Bush Administration's most egregious detention and torture policies were a huge first step in restoring America's standing in the world. [read more]

Tuesday 27 Jan 2009

Robert Doyle [Partner, Doyle, Barlow and Mazard, PLLC]: "The FTC's insistence on pursuing the consummated Whole Foods/Wild Oats transaction is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of present competition between traditional supermarkets and organic food stores. The FTC is seeking to undo Whole Foods' acquisition of rival Wild Oats after losing [read more]

Tuesday 27 Jan 2009

Rob Sherman [Social activist, plaintiff in Sherman v. Township High School District 214]: "The real purpose of the Student Prayer Act was a "see, try and buy" marketing scam by Christian legislators. Christians already had the right to pray before, after and even during school. What they really wanted to [read more]

Tuesday 27 Jan 2009

Jeremy Tedesco [Legal counsel, Alliance Defense Fund]: "The Northern District of Illinois recently struck down an Illinois law that mandates a brief period of silence before the start of each public school day in Sherman v. Township High School District 214. The lawsuit was brought by a prominent Illinois atheist [read more]

Friday 23 Jan 2009

Howard M. Friedman [Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Toledo College of Law]: "For an administration that has made so much of both transparency and technology, to date the Obama staff has earned an extremely low grade on content and timeliness of the new White House website. The Bush White [read more]

Thursday 22 Jan 2009

Steven R. Shapiro, Robin L. Dahlberg, Dan Barrett [ACLU], Anthony Franze, Robert Stolworthy and Stanton Jones [Arnold & Porter LLP]: "On January 13, 2009, the Supreme Court heard argument in Vermont v. Brillon, which addressed whether trial delays caused by underfunding, mismanagement, and breakdowns in the State's public defense system [read more]

Wednesday 21 Jan 2009

Liz Griffith [Policy Officer, Law Centre (NI), Belfast, Northern Ireland]: "President-elect Obama's apparent decision to close Guantanamo has received wide support in the UK government. Nine UK nationals were returned to the UK in 2004 and 2005 following extensive campaigning by civic society and high level representations from the UK [read more]

Tuesday 20 Jan 2009

Ambroise Pierre [Africa Desk, Reporters Without Borders]: "As head of Paris-based Reporters Without Borders' Africa desk, I am both concerned and exasperated by the harsh conditions in which the Zimbabwe authorities are holding journalist and human rights activist Jestina Mukoko. First of all, I am concerned because her state of [read more]

Monday 19 Jan 2009

Jonathan Tracy [Assistant Director, National Institute of Military Justice]: "Several reports, including the recent Senate Armed Services Committee Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody [PDF file], confirm that U.S. agents committed or tolerated abuses. Further, the evidence indicates that since September 11, 2001, violations of U.S. law, [read more]

Saturday 17 Jan 2009

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will inherit the responsibility for thousands of detainees being held by the United States in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and Iraq. Obama has already pledged to close Guantanamo, and the outgoing Bush Administration has [read more]

Thursday 15 Jan 2009

Asim Qureshi [Senior Researcher, Cageprisoners]: "One of the key components of the Bush administration's understanding of torture is the extreme technicality with which they approach the topic. When the teenager Mohammed Jawad was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, his abuse at the hands of his captors was by Afghans and [read more]

Tuesday 13 Jan 2009

Gerald L. Baliles [former Governor of Virginia; Director, Miller Center of Public Affairs]: "The lineage of the pardon power and executive clemency generally runs to ancient Rome. British practice in the colonial period and before, itself drawing on antiquity, was the immediate precedent for the presidential pardon power found in [read more]

Monday 12 Jan 2009

David Chandler [Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster]: "Nearly two decades after its establishment, in 1993, the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) plans to close by the beginning of 2012 and is slowly winding down. In the process, [read more]

Saturday 10 Jan 2009

Nusrat Jahan Choudhury [Attorney, Karpatkin Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union]: "A year and a half after the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Raed Jarrar, the defendants - two Transportation Security Administration officials and JetBlue Airways - agreed to [read more]

Wednesday 7 Jan 2009

Marc D. Stern [Acting Co-Executive Director/General Counsel, American Jewish Congress]: "Amnesty International reads the law of war as if it was a law banning war. In evaluating Amnesty's criticisms of Israel's actions in Gaza, one needs to take into account the manifold ways it distorts a body of law which [read more]

Monday 5 Jan 2009

Alexandros-Ioannis Kargopoulos [Attorney (Thessaloniki-Greece), Faculty member - Hellenic National School of Judges]: "Germany's action against Italy has, once more, fueled the debate around a quite controversial legal subject: the issue of state immunity and WWII civil actions brought in national courts. This subject has been in the epicenter of many [read more]

Monday 5 Jan 2009

Avi Bell [Director, Global Law Forum, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs]: "It is tragic when distinguished human rights organizations soil their reputations by resorting to falsehoods and legal misstatements in the service of political propaganda. Unfortunately, this is the only way to characterize Amnesty International's January 2 broadside against Israel [read more]

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