international law

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Scholars Fear a More Nationalist Supreme Court Under Barrett

Trump’s most enduring legacy might be the long-term repudiation of international law.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement set up in the border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh on April 25, 2018.

The World Needs a New Refugee Convention

For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.

Mementos at a makeshift memorial for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19.

Trump’s Pick to Replace Ginsburg Could Make the Supreme Court ‘America First’

The late Ginsburg championed international law. Amy Coney Barrett has argued that what the world thinks is at best superfluous.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Trump’s Chilling Blow to the ICC

With International Criminal Court sanctions, the U.S. president’s hypocrisy hits a new low.

A picture taken on March 30 shows a billboard bearing Chinese President Xi Jinping's face looking down over a boulevard in Belgrade next to the words "Thank you brother Xi," a message paid for by a pro-government tabloid.

Making China Pay Would Cost Americans Dearly

There are smart ways to face Beijing’s challenges, but a reckless and politicized response isn’t among them.

A medical staffer works on a computer at a hospital in Bergamo, Italy

Note to Nations: Stop Hacking Hospitals

Why now is the time for global cyber-norms to protect health infrastructure.

An altar with photographs of the victims who were killed in a plane crash in Iran is seen at a vigil in Ottawa, Ontario, on Jan. 9.

Canada’s Path to Justice from Iran Over Shot-Down Flight Will Be Hard

States have been historically reluctant to take responsibility for attacks on civilian planes.

Protesters take part in a rally in support of Uighurs in Brussels on Oct. 1.

China Must Answer for Cultural Genocide in Court

International law is a vital part of fighting for the Uighur people.

Nzeyimana Consolate arrives carrying her baby at the Nyabitara transit site, among other Burundian refugees, on Oct. 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi. Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were repatriated voluntarily, the U.N. refugee agency  said.

Sending Refugees Back Makes the World More Dangerous

Repatriating refugees to dangerous countries violates international law and breeds conflict, instability, and future crises. Regional work visas and long-term integration into host countries are more promising solutions.

A British flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower in London.

Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution

British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won’t have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) speaks with a colleague during the closing statements of the trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda in The Hague on Aug. 28, 2018.

Don’t Give Up on the ICC

The International Criminal Court has many flaws, but abandoning it now would give free rein to war criminals and open the door to impunity.

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018.

Tokyo Keeps Defending World War II Atrocities

Japan's legal excuses over slave labor are weak at best.

Instructions are posted in window of the headquarters of the Norwegian aluminum group Norsk Hydro, following a cyberattack, in Oslo on March 19.

Can Courts Clear the Fog of War?

As online attacks blur the lines, the future may be perpetual conflict.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adjusts his tie as he arrives at the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on Feb. 25, 2019 in Geneva. (Fabrice Cofferini/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.N. Hates Hate Speech More Than It Loves Free Speech

The U.N. Secretary General is going soft on one of the most fundamental human rights.

The crew of a Japanese whaling vessel drags an injured whale to the side of the ship during a scientific research mission in the Antarctic in 1993. (Mark Votier/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Japan’s Scientific Whaling Ruse Is Over

Tokyo’s pullout from international treaties may actually help save whales.

Russian President Vladimir Putin points at a map while inspecting the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula, while aboard a helicopter on March 18, 2016. (Mikhail Klimenty/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, located in the Esh Kodesh outpost, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank on November 20, 2018.

If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will

While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.

Benjamin Ferencz, a former chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, on March 10, 2016. (Brooks Kraft/Getty Images)

‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered Against 22 Defendants?’

On the podcast: The last living Nuremberg prosecutor describes the Allied trials against Nazi leaders.