Technology Takes on Trafficking: How Data Collection is Changing the International Fight Against Modern Slavery (Part 1 of 3)

This is the first in a series of three blog posts addressing technological solutions to combat human trafficking. This post provides context on the issue of human trafficking, including a brief summary of the existing domestic and international legal instruments addressing it. The second blog will discuss the importance of the increased use of technology … Read more

Critical Analysis: Does Snowden have a “Right to Asylum?”

Edward Snowden has become America’s newest celebrity.  The former National Security Agency employee has been charged with espionage by the United States after leaking top secret documents on U.S. surveillance program PRISM.   Snowden left Hong Kong in late June, looking for a safe haven, arriving in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on June 23.  Since then, he … Read more

Corporations Have a Duty to Practice Public Responsibility

Garment factory collapse

It took the disastrous collapse of a building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories and the loss of more than 1,000 lives for the world to begin to pay attention to the plight of garment workers there. The workers are paid the minimum monthly wage of about $37, occasionally go unpaid, and protesters are … Read more

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

Event: International Law and Native American Human Rights Violations Explored

Secret of a Long Journey

On April 22, 2013, join Colorado author and DJILP contributor Sandra Shwayder Sanchez for an exploration of international human rights law in her latest novel The Secret of A Long Journey. The purpose of the presentation is to raise awareness of historic, recent, and continuing discrimination against native people and put that into a historical context, as well … Read more

Critical Analysis: Proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

Governmental leaders began meeting the week of March 18, 2013, to once again discuss the possibility of a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (Arms Treaty) that would regulate the $60 billion global arms trade.  The desire to create regulations governing the global trade of conventional arms arose in 2006.  The General Assembly of the United Nations … 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

Critial Analysis: CIA Use of Waterboarding More Widespread than Reported

On September 6, Human Rights Watch released a report alleging that the U.S. government, under the Bush Administration, covered up the extent to which it used waterboarding at secret CIA prisons since the September 11, 2001 attacks.  In particular, the report focuses on the CIA’s use of the tactic during the capture of Libyan opponents … Read more

Critical Analysis: China’s One Child Policy

A Chinese woman who was forced to abort her 7-month old fetus has found herself in the center of international controversy after she claimed that local officials were holding her in the hospital against her will and that her husband had disappeared. Twenty-three year old Feng Jianmei and her husband Deng Jiyuan, who already have … Read more

New Report Says Bahrain “Trials” Violate International Law

A report released today by the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law found that the government of Bahrain is continuing to prosecute civil society leaders in violation of international law and the recommendations of a government-appointed human rights commission.  The trial of human rights attorney, Mohammad al-Tajer, is scheduled for February 7th while … Read more