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Professional Commentary
10 May 2010

Animesh Roul [Executive Director, Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict] "Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks has been sentenced to death by the court yesterday, May 6. Kasab was found guilty earlier this week and convicted for mindless murder and … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 May 2010

Christina Abraham [Civil Rights Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -Illinois] "In a feat of apologetic acrobatics, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision [PDF file] in Khatib v. County of Orange affirming a district court's dismissal of a complaint under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 May 2010

Ken Gude [Director, International Rights and Responsibility Program, Center for American Progress] "Spain is leading the way among US allies in assisting the Obama administration in the critical counterterrorism mission to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. With domestic efforts stalled due to political opposition and opportunism, the Obama … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2010

Brad Tupi [Allied attorney, Alliance Defense Fund]: "Christian Legal Society v. Martinez is another example of the conflict between secular morality and religious morality. In secular morality, homosexuality is a wholesome lifestyle choice and should not be the subject of criticism or discrimination. In religious morality, homosexuality is sinful conduct. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Jan 2010

David R. Irvine and Virginia E. Sloan [Constitution Project]: "In the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day bombing, some want to shift the discussion from the best way to close Guantanamo - an objective first announced by President Bush - to instituting Guantanamo-like policies in the United States. Critics of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Oct 2009

Julian Sanchez [Research Fellow, Cato Institute]: "The administration's new policy on invocation of the state secrets privilege does set a higher transparency standard, but that's largely because their predecessors had to enlist Otto Lidenbrock to get it to the low point it hit in the last administration. But to the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Oct 2009

Gino Raymond [Professor of Modern French Studies, University of Bristol, U.K.]: "The recommendation that charges against Jacques Chirac be dropped should come as no surprise. In theory, the judge responsible for the final decision, Xavière Simeoni, is not obliged to abide by the finding of the prosecuting authorities, but to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Oct 2009

Jo Cartwright [Campaigns and Press Officer, Dignity in Dying]: "The Director of Public Prosecutions' (DPP) interim guidelines on assisted dying following Debbie Purdy's legal victory represent a small but significant breakthrough for greater patient choice, control and protection at the end of life. We at Dignity in Dying hear from … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Sep 2009

Sean Hayes [International Corporate Practice Group, Joowon Law Firm]: "As most of us in Korea realize, many "peaceful" protests have too often turned violent at night. In the not so distant past, protests over the importation of US beef led to, amongst other things, numerous injuries to police officers, burned … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Mar 2009

Chibli Mallat [Professor of Law and Politics of the Middle East, S.J. Quinney College of Law]: "Yesterday we encountered a strange moment of serendipity. Dr. Lateef Rashid, invited those of us working on the Global Justice Project: Iraq to dinner with his colleague, the Minister of Justice, Dara Noureddin. Dr. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
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]

Professional Commentary
8 Jul 2008

Gregg Cunningham [Director, Center For Bio-Ethical Reform]: "Why does it matter that hecklers be denied a veto over offensive speech? Social injustice will always flourish where it is ignored and trivialized. Oppressors are most ruthless when their abuses can be concealed. It is, therefore, the responsibility of social reformers to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Jun 2008

Kim Soo A [Nepal desk, Asian Human Rights Commission]: "First of all, I congratulate the people of Nepal on its transition into a Secular, Federal Democratic Republic. The declaration made on 28 May 2008 by the Constituent Assembly of Nepal is a remarkable milestone in Nepal's history and is the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Jun 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "Mohammed Jawad, who has been in Guantánamo for five years since he was 16 or 17 years old, was subjected to the "frequent flyer program" in May 2004. According to defense lawyer Air Force Major Dave Frakt, based on … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2008

Bonnie Docherty [Researcher, Human Rights Watch]: "The pound of a gavel Friday ushered in a new era of international humanitarian law (IHL) and marked the beginning of the end for a weapon that has caused tens of thousands of civilian casualties over the past 40 years. Without a single objection, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
31 May 2008

Patrick Kar-wai Poon [Executive Secretary, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group]: "The lawyers who can't pass their annual registration will not be able to practise as lawyers at least in the coming year. Article 13 of the PRC Law on Lawyers stipulates, "a person who has not acquired a lawyer's … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 May 2008

Courtney E. Jones [grassroots organizer, Virginia League for Planned Parenthood]: "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia welcomes the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Virginia's burdensome ban on late-term abortions. The Court stated that the onerous 2003 law "imposes an undue burden on a woman's right to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 May 2008

Joseph Logan [researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch]: "In the debate over the Bush administration's push to wrap up a status-of-forces agreement and strategic pact with Iraq, there's a concerned party you aren't hearing about: the more than 20,000 Iraqis in US military detention.The status-of-forces agreement … [read more]

Professional Commentary
22 May 2008

Mike Dubrasich [Executive Director, Western Institute for Study of the Environment]: "After eight years of a planning exercise called the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA) - one that involved thousands of people, hundreds of meetings, and tens of thousands of documents, studies, reviews, rehashes, monitoring, and re-monitoring - a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 May 2008

Farzana Hassan [president, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "For those who think the veil symbolizes the oppression of Muslim women - think again. In an American court in August of 2006, the veil instead became a symbol of clear defiance to legal protocol and authority. Ginnah Muhammad, who refused to remove her … [read more]

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