Somewhere, Harry Truman is smiling. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA). This interim accord, reached in late 2013, provided Tehran with modest sanctions relief in exchange for a freeze and rolling back of Iran’s nuclear program.… continue »
International and Foreign
Earlier this month, the EU’s Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston concluded that non-combat military personnel may claim asylum in the EU if they are at risk of prosecution or punishment for refusing to perform military service, where such service might involve the commission of war crimes.… continue »
Asst. Sec. of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski stated to the UN Committee on Torture two weeks ago that:
A little more than ten years ago, our government was employing interrogation methods that, as President Obama has said, any fair-minded person would believe were torture.
The U.S. government’s public pronouncement that the Convention Against Torture (CAT) applies beyond U.S. borders and in situations of armed conflict—its unequivocal “yes” that torture is prohibited as a matter of law anytime and anywhere—turns an important historical page. In her opening statement before the Committee Against Torture and in response to questions posed by the Committee, Acting State Department Legal Adviser Mary McLeod clarified the U.S.… continue »
Editors’ Note: The following post is the latest installment of our weekly feature, “Monday Reflections,” in which a different Just Security editor will take an in-depth look at the big stories from the previous week and/or a look ahead to key developments on the horizon.… continue »
On Thursday morning, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on “Cybersecurity Threats: The Way Forward,” featuring testimony by Adm. Michael Rogers, the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency. The hearing hit hard on the need for a way forward–but revealed little about what that way might be.… continue »
Yesterday’s post provided a brief guide to the UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 35 (GC) on Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the right to liberty and security of the person. This post analyses the national security aspects of the GC.
On October 28, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted General Comment No. 35 (GC) on Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the right to liberty and security of the person. Part One of this post provides a brief guide to the GC.… continue »
Sometime around 7:30 p.m. (EST) last night, the 17-month-long national conversation over how to reform U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance authorities effectively ended when the Senate failed to clear a crucial procedural step en route to what would otherwise have been the near-certain passage of the Senate version of the USA FREEDOM Act—the surveillance reform bill that has been in the works for well over a year.… continue »
Last week in its appearance before the Committee Against Torture, the United States “change[d] and clarifi[ed]” two important legal positions regarding the scope of the Convention Against Torture (CAT). In my prior post, I addressed the Obama administration’s significant change of position regarding extraterritoriality. … continue »