Critical Analysis: International Space Law and the International Space Station

After weeks of delay, on Thursday, January 9, Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Cygnus space capsule on its first cargo-carrying mission to the International Space Station.  Machinery breakdown, cold weather, and solar storms may have delayed the launch for a few weeks, but Cygnus safely arrived at the International Space Station three days after launch.  … Read more

Critical Analysis: Don’t forget the “Lost Boys” of Sudan

The name “Lost Boys” was given to a group of over 20,000 boys, between the ages of 5 and 17, who were separated from their families during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005).  These “Lost Boys” of Sudan trekked enormous distances over a vast unforgiving wilderness, seeking refuge from the fighting that emerged when their … Read more

Critical Analysis: Italy Responding to Domestic Abuse

Earlier this month Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced new harsh measures to respond to the persistent problem of domestic violence.  He calls this problem “femicide” which is the “killing of women because they are women, often at the hands of current or former husbands or boyfriends.”  The new measures, which are effective immediately, set … Read more

Critical Analysis: Fighting in Mali Continues

In early 2012, fighting broke out in northern Mali after a coup by army officers in the capital of Bamako.  Shortly thereafter, Tuareg fighters and other armed groups advanced on towns, which fell to their control in a broad triangular area in the northern Mali desert.  The Tuareg are a traditionally nomadic people who are … Read more

Human Security and Human Rights Panel Discussion

Promoting Human Security by advancing Human Rights

On March 2, 2013, the American Branch of the International Law Association held its Western Regional Conference on International Law and Human Security in the 21st Century.  The conference was held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Denver, Colorado.  The third panel of the day was on Human Security and Human Rights.  … Read more

Critical Analysis: United Nations Vote on Palestinian Statehood

On November 29, 2012, the U.N. General Assembly voted on Palestine’s bid to elevate its status within the U.N.  The resolution was to elevate Palestine’s status from a non-member observer entity to a non-member observer state, which is the same category as Vatican City.  The vote was not a close one.  The 193-member body voted … Read more

Critical Analysis: Drug Trade in Afghanistan

There is a reason that poppies are the main cash crop of Afghanistan.  Money.  Money is a powerful motivator for struggling farmers in one of the poorest countries in the world. Farmers who are desperate for money to feed their families turn to poppy cultivation despite awareness of the risks associated. The people are poor … Read more