Tag: International Law


Tatiana E. Sainati

The annihilation of more than 1.5 million Cambodians at the hands of the Khmer Rouge is widely considered a quintessential case of genocide. Whether these atrocities meet the definition of genocide as a legal matter, however, remains unsettled. As of October 2012, the question of whether genocide occurred in Cambodia… Read More »

The Constitution’s Obscure Offenses Clause: Where the Alien Tort Statute and Military Commissions Meet

Eugene Kontorovich

I. Introduction
Obscure constitutional provisions rarely give rise to serious questions: that is why they are obscure. Yet sometimes provisions spring quickly from obscurity to relevance. Never in the nation’s history has the scope and meaning of Congress’s power to “Define and Punish . . . Offenses Against the Law… Read More »

Nash Equilibrium and International Law

Jens David Ohlin - Cornell University

Game theory has transformed international law scholarship.  Recent accounts have harnessed alleged lessons learned from game theory in service of a new brand of realism about the field.  These skeptical accounts conclude that international law loses its normative force because states that “follow” international law are simply participants in a… Read More »

Combating Terrorism and WMD Proliferation: Not at the U.N. Security Council

Alexander Benard & Paul Leaf

For years, experts have debated whether the U.S. should spearhead reform of the United Nations (U.N.) framework for authorizing the use of force to counter the threats of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In this debate, some scholars argue that the permanent members of the U.N.… Read More »

The Avena Act: An Option To Induce State Implementation of Consular Notification Rights After Medellín

Edward Duffy

On August 5, 2008, the State of Texas executed José Ernesto Medellín for his participation in the brutal rape and murder of two teenage girls, ending a fifteen-year legal battle that implicated numerous questions of constitutional and international law.  Medellín alleged that he was prejudiced in his initial trial because… Read More »

Global Institutional Choice

Frederick J. Lee

Many of today’s problems are global in nature and scope. Collective action problems such as global climate change and systemic risk in capital markets threaten to affect every person on the planet. Yet because these problems transcend national boundaries, a single nation cannot solve them alone. So what do we… Read More »

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