Kiobel and the Future International Human Rights

The recent United States Supreme Court decision dismissing all the plaintiffs’ claims in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum has drawn attention and mixed reactions from the international human rights community.  The Kiobel decision closed the shop for foreign plaintiffs suing foreign defendants for alleged torts committed abroad. Many international scholars, such as Second Circuit Judge … Read more

Critical Analysis: Blackwater to Pay $7.5 Million Fine for Violations

Academi LLC, the private security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, has agreed to pay a $7.5M fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. government, according to an FBI press release.  The company, which has earned billions of dollars in government security contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, will pay the fine along … Read more

Critical Analysis: “Radical Reforms” Likely in the Wake of LIBOR Scandal

In the wake of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal that cost Barclays Bank 290 million pounds ($455m) in fines and the bank’s CEO and chairman their jobs, world financial leaders are calling for reforms to the interest rate system that affects $800 trillion worth of financial instruments.  Sir Mervyn King, governor of the … Read more

Critical Analysis: Syria Downs Turkish Warplane

On June 22nd, Syrian armed forces shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom Warplane, which burst into flames and crashed into Syrian territorial waters.  Syrian authorities assert that the aircraft entered its airspace at low altitude and high speed, and that its defense forces acted legally in taking it down. “There was no hostile act against … Read more