Worldview Commentary No. 290 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“International Labor Standards: More Effective Protection for Workers”

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Economic globalization pushes up profits for transnational companies, but drags down real wages and benefits, as well as the bargaining power of labor, in the formerly industrialized nations of the North. Offsetting benefits for workers in developing nations have not made up for this loss, largely because labor regulation in the global South is toothless. Read More

Worldview Commentary on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ - 7/22/2009

Former Bosnian Serb President Karadzic Arrested

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It’s been 13 years since the warrants were issued for the arrest of former leader of the Bosnia’s “Republika Srpska”.

NATO was in Bosnia for 10 years yet Allied forces failed to find Karadic. He’s apparently been settled in Belgrade practicing alternative medicine [under the name Dragan Dabic] for sometime. Read More

LL.M. Alum Recognized for Role in Guatemalan Murder Trial

On April 26, 1998, Bishop Juan Gerardi of Guatemala was found dead in his garage, bludgeoned to death by a chunk of concrete. Mario Domingo—a 2008 graduate of the LL.M. program in international and human rights law at Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights—prosecuted the case. Since then, Novelist Francisco Goldman has published an acclaimed book on the trial titled “The Art of Political Murder.” The book, the author, and the actors involved are the subject of a story in the July 7 edition of “The Nation.” Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 289 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Peru’s Former President Fujimori In the Dock”

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A decade ago, as an advisor to the United States delegation to the annual meeting of the Organization of American States in Lima, Peru, I listened in amazement to a “welcoming” address by Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Haughty, arrogant and dismissive of international qualms about his human rights record, Fujimori lectured the visiting diplomats for failing to understand Peruvian reality. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 288 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“The Supreme Court: Guarding the Constitution at Guantanamo”

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One of the most important lessons of centuries of Anglo-American legal history is that the power of the Executive to arrest and imprison people must be subject to the check of review by an independent and impartial court. In the quaint Latin phrase used by lawyers, that judicial check is called habeas corpus. Under this time-honored procedure, courts review whether a detention is lawful and, if it is not, order the prisoner’s release. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 286 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Human Rights: What the Next President Can Do”

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What can the next President do to restore American credibility on human rights? Following the lapses of this Administration, there is nowhere to go but up. But if we are to recover our good name, dramatic words must be accompanied by persuasive actions. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 285 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Iran: War Drums in Washington”

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Are the people who brought us a calamitous war in Iraq about to drag us into another one in Iran?

A war in Iran would be different, of course. It could not be another massive land invasion: the Pentagon has no troops to spare, and the American people have no patience for another such debacle. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 284 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“The Texas Death Penalty: Rights of Mexicans Here and Americans Abroad”

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The Texas death sentence imposed on José Medellín – whose execution is now set for August 5 – is a classic case of what’s wrong with the death penalty. Putting to death this Mexican citizen, with no hearing on whether he was prejudiced by the denial of his consular rights, would also violate a legally binding order of the International Court of Justice. Executing him would place Americans overseas at risk. Congress needs to step in to defend our national honor. Read More

CCHR Begins Study of Domestic Jurisprudence on International Crimes

The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) of Notre Dame Law School has received a grant to study Latin American jurisprudence on international crimes. The study will compile and analyze the various ways in which domestic legal systems in Latin America have incorporated, developed and modified international criminal law concepts Read More

CCHR’s Sean O’Brien Addresses Darfur Crisis at Conference

Sean O’Brien, assistant director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and concurrent assistant law professor, will speak at John Marshall Law School in Chicago as part of a panel discussion titled “The International and The United States Response to the Crisis in Darfur.” Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 283 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Iraq: Does International Law Matter After All?”

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Five years after we toppled Saddam Hussein, our invasion of Iraq stands out as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in American history.

The Administration’s war plan was delusional. We would find weapons of mass destruction. We would be welcomed as liberators by Iraqis bearing bouquets. We would need few troops, who need not stay long, to manage the hand-over to grateful Iraqis. We would plant a democratic flower in the Middle East, the first seedling in a garden of freedom that would spread throughout the region. We would flex our superpower muscle to the world and to the terrorists. We would prove once and for all that no one should dare offend the mightiest nation in history. Read More

Defending Pakistan's constitution

When General Pervez Musharraf suspended the Pakistani Constitution and imposed martial law last November, Ali Qazilbash ’97LL.M., ’05J.S.D. knew that he was facing a crisis for which he had prepared all of his life. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 282 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Global Capitalism and Poverty”

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Wall Street may be down, but not the subscribers to Trader Monthly. On average, claims the magazine’s publisher, they make $653,000. No wonder, reports the New York Times, they are “prime targets for advertisers like Hermes, Cessna and Johnnie Walker.” Read More

CCHR Co-sponsors “Witnessing Genocide” Conference

Survivors from the war-torn nations of Rwanda and Darfur, a Holocaust survivor, journalists, and others will converge at Notre Dame on Sunday and Monday, April 6-7 for the conference “Witnessing Genocide: Truth, Reconciliation, and the Media.” The event is co-sponsored by Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, and will be held in McKenna Hall on campus. Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 281 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Sri Lanka: US Must Do More to Curb Forced Disappearances”

Global economic power brings responsibility.

That’s the message we send to China, by pressing Beijing to use its leverage as Sudan’s best oil customer to curb the slaughter in Darfur. China does not commit human rights violations in Darfur, but it can and should use its influence to save lives. Read More

ND Law Screens Oscar Award-winning Film Featuring ND Prof.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School will screen the Oscar Award-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side” on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. A panel discussion follows the screening. Beginning with the case Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 279 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Iran: Women Struggling for Rights”

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Today, in Stockholm, Sweden, the Olof Palme Prize will be awarded to Iranian women’s rights activist Parvin Ardalan. Granted annually to outstanding defenders of justice and equality, the Palme Prize for 2007 goes to Ms. Ardalan because she has “succeeded in making the demand for equal rights for men and women a central part of the struggle for democracy in Iran.” Read More

Dr. George Mugwanya (J.S.D. ’00)

Dr. George Mugwanya (J.S.D. ’00), Senior Appeals Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Addresses NDLS Students and Faculty Read More

Worldview Commentary No. 277 on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ

“Kosovo: About to Blow?”

Remember Kosovo? We went to war there a decade ago. Since then the place has mostly been off our front pages. But tensions are mounting ominously, and could soon come to a head.

Now, as then, Kosovo is a short fuse, at risk if being lit by ethnic conflict between Serbs and Albanians, overlaid by geo-power rivalry between the United States and Russia. Read More