Law

Protesters hold a giant Polish national flag during a demonstration against a judicial reform pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as a threat to judicial independence on July 24, 2018 in Warsaw.

Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors

The PiS government is rooting out, relocating, and demoting political critics in the name of judicial reform.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaborone, Botswana, on Oct. 24, 2014.

It’s Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana

The country’s government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.

Protesters wave an Armenian national flag in Yerevan on May 2, 2018.

How Old Courts Derail New Democracies

For the nations in Russia’s orbit, holdouts in the judicial system are an Achilles’ heel.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein listen to testimony during a committee hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act on July 26, 2017.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act Is Broken

Stepping up enforcement of FARA before reforming the act is a recipe for disaster.

A person wearing a rainbow flag leaves the Milimani High Court in Nairobi after Kenya’s high court, in a much-awaited verdict, refused to scrap laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, on May 24.

Kenya’s Bid for LGBT Equality Hits a Wall

Judges declined to overturn colonial-era laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. Human Rights Watch’s Neela Ghoshal says it’s a setback with regional repercussions.

A banner against a proposed extradition law is seen in a meeting room in Hong Kong, China. 14 May 2019.

The End of Hong Kong Is Almost Here

Allowing extradition to China would be another nail in the coffin.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans as they take part in a rally against the extradition law outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on May 4.

Hong Kong is Set for a U.S.-China Showdown

A controversial extradition bill has exposed the region’s autonomy as a fiction.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court in London on April 11. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Julian Assange’s Legal Trouble, Explained

The WikiLeaks founder is in British custody and faces extradition to the United States.

Photographers outside the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on March 22, after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Mueller Report Is a Test for the United States

As the world looks on, it’s up to Washington to demonstrate the strength of its institutions.

Serikzhan Bilash, the head of Atajurt Eriktileri, holds up a photo during a press conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

Astana Tries to Silence China Critics

Head of watchdog organization detained for work on Xinjiang camps.

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All the Legal Trouble in Trumpworld

Robert Mueller has finished his investigation, but that may be the least of the U.S. president’s worries.

Women march during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Moscow on Feb. 27. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Will Israelis Say Bye-Bye to Bibi?

The Israeli leader faces possible corruption charges weeks before a key election.

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.

Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media at No. 10 Downing St. after her government defeated a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on Jan. 16. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Maybot and the Marxist

A stubborn prime minister and an intransigent opposition leader have brought British politics to a standstill. Parliament is poised to seize control of the Brexit process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a referendum rerun.

Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro gestures as he leaves the house of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro after a meeting, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 1, 2018. (MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Judging Bolsonaro

Brazil’s judiciary will be a major check on the country’s far-right president-elect.

Activists use yellow umbrellas during a gathering outside the government headquarters to mark the fourth anniversary of mass pro-democracy rallies, known as the Umbrella Movement, in Hong Kong on September 28, 2018. ( ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Last Call for Hong Kong’s Rule of Law

Trying protest leaders fairly would show the city still has a fair justice system.

A woman walks behind a campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag on Nov. 23, 2009 in Corseaux near Vevey. (Fabrice Cofrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prophet Mohammed Doesn’t Need Courts to Protect Him

European courts are trying to support Muslims—but will only stoke Islamophobia.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.