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September 13, 2006

After a toughly worded opinion from the Supreme Court slapping down the Bush administration’s detention of terrorism suspects without criminal charges, the president’s response, a Military Commissions Bill, also looks problematic.

February 21, 2006

The controversial use of extraordinary renditions to interrogate or detain suspected terrorists has evolved since its first use by the United States in 1995, but the practice fails to address concerns about torture and may be ineffective in quashing terrorism, said panelists at a Feb. 16 discussion at the Law School.

February 16, 2006

The controversial use of extraordinary renditions to interrogate or detain suspected terrorists has evolved since its first use by the United States in 1995, but the practice fails to address concerns about torture and may be ineffective in quashing terrorism, said panelists at a Feb.

November 17, 2005

While U.S. officials in the past have made mistakes regarding the treatment of detainees, the Department of Defense and lawmakers are taking steps to clarify procedures and ensure that the United States is transparent in its policies, said panelists.

April 18, 2005

Although it's the size of Virginia and North Carolina combined and has a population of more than 18 million, Syria has for the most part managed to keep its doors closed to inquisitive human rights scholars.

February 18, 2005

A career combating human rights abuses is the most rewarding a lawyer could undertake, co-founder of EarthRights International Katie Redford '95 told the crowd in Caplin Auditorium to open the sixth annual Conference on Public Service & the Law Feb. 11.

February 11, 2005

The Arab militia who raid and plunder Sudan's Darfur villages are often aided by government air forces, so they took no notice when then-USAID administrator Roger Winter gave State Department officials a bird's-eye view of the atrocities perpetrated on the people of western Sudan in February 2004.

February 9, 2005

Third-year law student Anishah Cumber noticed a frightening trend during her summer job with Maryland Legal Aid's family law division: female immigrants from South Asian countries like Pakistan and India faced particular hardships because they often didn't know their legal rights and lacked the kind of social support networks that could help.

January 28, 2005

Chinese lawmakers are showing a willingness to codify greater protection for freedom of expression in their revisions of tort law, according to Virginia law professor Kenneth Abraham, who met with legislative staff and their academic advisors in Beijing recently for a two-day workshop on issues related to defamation of character and invasion of privacy.

September 15, 2004

The Supreme Court left the door open for prosecution of international human rights violators in U.S. civil courts and reaffirmed prior lower court decisions with its Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain decision, according to a panel of legal experts who spoke at the Law School Sept. 10, but the future of such litigation remains unclear without legislation dictating a framework to decide such cases, some panelists argued.

August 31, 2004

Cristi Head, a second-year law student, spent her summer working for the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC), in their Siem Reap office in northwest Cambodia.

July 20, 2004

Once the trials of terror detainees held in Guantanamo Bay are underway, Americans will be proud of the procedures set up to ensure that justice is done, Judge Advocate General School Commandant General Scott Black told a full house at the Miller Center's Newman Pavilion July 19.

April 12, 2004

It's a country without major roads, traffic lights, bookstores, or even ancient monuments, but Sierra Leone "may be the most interesting place on earth," said law professor Tim Wu.

November 18, 2003

The number of refugees resettled in the United States has fallen to 29,000 a year since 9/11, less than half the 76,000 routinely settled annually in the five years before the attacks, law professor David Martin told a lunch crowd Nov. 17.

October 17, 2003

What is the best strategy for serving the interests of your client while still educating people about human rights atrocities?

October 2, 2003

Attorney and Bernstein Fellow Tara Melish from the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) outlined several legal strategies the human rights organization uses to assist those who wish to being complaints concerning economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) violations in the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

April 21, 2003

Human Rights Study Project (HRSP) Director Michael Royal testified before Congress April 16 in a hearing held by the House Committee on International Relations concerning the Cuban government's recent crackdown on dissidents.

April 3, 2003

The war in Iraq is proof enough to Dr. Nareen Dezaye and Lara Dezaye, representatives of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) who spoke at the Law School March 31, that their exile group's efforts to organize a new democratic government are fully justified.

March 21, 2003

While they appear increasingly outdated, sodomy laws still exist in 14 states, Puerto Rico and the military, and while many such laws target gays in practice, four states target homosexuals explicitly.

October 29, 2002

New genetic knowledge is resulting in powerful reproductive technologies that raise the likelihood that parents will choose the characteristics of their offspring, according to John A. Robertson, a University of Texas Law School professor who presented a taxomony of philosophical views on reproductive technologies titled "Procreative Liberty in the Era of the Genomics" at a workshop Oct. 24.

October 25, 2002

Working for the government or a firm after law school may be the best way to get into Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy work down the road, according to Sharon Alexander, staff counsel for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest lesbian and gay political organization in the country, with more than 460,000 members.

October 15, 2002

Like once-entrenched sexual and racial discrimination in the workplace, the restriction barring women from ground combat in the U.S. military is bound to fall, Professor Anne Coughlin predicted while talking to an undergraduate women's studies class in Ruffner Hall Oct. 14.