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Case Law and Legal Documents
United States Department of Justice
United States Military Commissions Documents
Supreme Court of Israel (Sitting as the High Court of Justice)
Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia
International Criminal Court
International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
International Conventions: Counter-Terrorism
International Humanitarian Law
- Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Address at Northwestern University School of Law: On Defending the United States Through the Appropriate and Lawful Use of Lethal Force, (Mar. 5, 2012).
- Nils Melzer, Int'l Comm. of the Red Cross, Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities Under International Humanitarian Law (2009).
- Final Report on the Meaning of Armed Conflict in International Law International Law Association: The Hague Conference (2010) Use of Force
(I) for the Amelioration of the Condition of the
Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field ("First Geneva Convention") (August 12, 1949).
(II) for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded,
Sick and Shipwrecked Members
of Armed Forces at Sea ("Second Geneva Convention")
(August 12, 1949).
(III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War ("Third Geneva Convention") (August
(IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons
in Time of War ("Fourth Geneva Convention") (August 12,
Conventions & Additional
Protocols (Geneva Convention - main page)
- Grave Breaches Specified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions and in Additional Protocol I of 1977 (January 1, 1998).
“Guatemalan Trial of Ex-dictator Rios Montt to Begin” Reuters (March 19, 2013).
“Justice Dept. Document Justifies Killing Americans Overseas if They Pose ‘Imminent Threat’” The Washington Post (February 5, 2013).
“Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali” Boston Globe (January 14, 2013).
“DOJ Asks DC Circuit to Reverse Terrorism Conviction of Al Qaeda Media Director” JURIST (January 10, 2013).
“Guantanamo Prosecutor Recommends Pentagon Drop Conspiracy Charges” JURIST (January 10, 2013).
“U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Rise for 2013” The Washington Post (January 10, 2013).
“Former Liberian President Convicted of War Crimes” The New York Times (April 26, 2012).
“The Tortuous Path to Justice in Cambodia” The New York Times: IHT Rendezvous (March 27, 2012).
Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Address at Northwestern University School of Law: On Defending the United States Through the Appropriate and Lawful Use of Lethal Force, (Mar. 5, 2012).
“Colombia’s FARC Rebels Say They’ll Stop Kidnapping” The Washington Post (February 26, 2012).
“Prominent Rights Judge Is Convicted in Spain” The New York Times (February 9, 2012).
Eric Ellis, “Room for Everyone at the Hague: It's taken 14 years and USD1 billion but The International Criminal Court in The Hague has finally obtained a verdict, this week convicting Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga for recruiting child soldiers to fight his long-running ethnic war in the Ituru region of the Democratic Republic of Congo through the 2000s. Lubanga is the first of 27 people indicted by the ICC to receive a ruling. Why does it take so long? And is the world getting the legal system it needs in The Hague? Eric Ellis went to the Dutch capital last month to explore' The Global Mail (February 8, 2012).
“Obama Team to Break Silence on al-Awlaki Killing,” Newsweek (January 23, 2012).
“European Court Overrules Britain on Terror Detainee” The New York Times (January 17, 2012).
“Trial Begins for Last U.S. Marine Charged in Haditha Killings” JURIST.org (January 10, 2012).
“Blackwater Settles Last Lawsuit in 2007 Baghdad Shooting Incident” JURIST.org (January 9, 2012).
News Archive (Reverse Chronological)
Law Review Articles & Other Documents
- Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group: Final Report to the United States Congress (April 2007).
- Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur to the United Nations Secretary-General (January 25, 2005).
- Department of Justice, A Review of the FBI's Involvement in and Observations of Detainee Interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq (May 2008).
- Philip Alston, Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Addendum, Study on Targeted Killings, A/HRC/14/24/Add.6 (May 28, 2010).
- M. Cherif Bassiouni, International Crimes: Ius Cogens and Obligatio Erga Omnes, 59 L. & Contemp. Probs. 74 (1996).
- Jimmy Gurule, Does "Proceeds" Really Mean "Net Profits"? The Supreme Court's Efforts to Diminish the Utility of the Federal Money Laundering Statute, 7 Ave Maria L. Rev. 339 (2008).
- J.P. McLoughlin et al., Security Detention, Terrorism, and the Prevention Imperative, 40 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 463 (2009).
- Sarah Miley, "US Warns Against ICC Adopting State Aggression as Crime" JURIST (June 2, 2010).
- Michael B. Mukasey, Op. Ed., Jose Padilla Makes Bad Law: Terror Trials Hurt the Nation Even When They Lead to Convictions, The Wall Street Journal (August 22, 2007).
- Sean D. Murphy, Terrorism and the Concept of “Armed Attack” in Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, 43 Harv. Int'l L.J. 41 (2002).
- Jordan J. Paust, Permissible Self-Defense Targeting and the Death of Bin Laden, 39 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 569 (2011).
- Leila Nadya Sadat, Exile, Amnesty and International Law, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 955 (2006).
- William A. Schabas, State Policy as an Element of International Crimes, 98 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 953 (2008).
- Michael P. Scharf, From the eXile Files: An Essay on Trading Justice for Peace, 63 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 339 (2006).
- David Scheffer et al., "The End of Exceptionalism in War Crimes: The International Criminal Court and America's Credibility in the World" Harvard International Review (November 21, 2007).
- Improving Detainee Policy: Handling Terrorism Detainees within the American Justice System: Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 110th Cong. (2008) (statement of Benjamin Wittes, Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution).
- Benjamin Wittes, Op. Ed., Congress's Guantanamo Burden, The Washington Post (June 13, 2008).
- The IR, "ICC in Uganda" Harvard International Review (January 6, 2007).
Documentary Videos On Reserve
- PROSECUTOR (Icarus Films 2011).
A fascinating story with extraordinary behind-the-scenes access, PROSECUTOR follows every move of this flawed yet charismatic champion of human rights as the ICC begins its very first trials. Luis Moreno-Ocampo travels to the world's most violent countries to investigate and prosecute those accused of brutal crimes against humanity.
Treatises On Reserve
- Antonio Cassese, International Criminal Law (2d Ed. 2008).
- Jared Cohen, One-Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (2007).
- Claire De Than & Edwin Shorts, International Criminal Law and Human Rights (2003).
- Jimmy Gurule, Complex Criminal Litigation: Prosecuting Drug Enterprises and Organized Crime (2000).
- Jordan J. Paust et al., International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (3d Ed. 2007).
- Gary D. Solis, The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War (2010).
- Ellen S. Podgor, Understanding International Criminal Law (2004).
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