Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: WTO Expansion

Earlier this week, the World Trade Organization announced that its General Council approved Seychelles for membership in the WTO, pending ratification by Seychelles itself. Seychelles, an archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa, is best known for its thriving tourism industry. Law students suffering from finals ennui may want to check it out (though prices can be a bit steep).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: C.I.A. Flouts International (and domestic) Law

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence committee released a scathing report of the C.I.A.'s practices of torturing terrorism suspects in the years following 9/11. While I imagine that most of the world reacted to the discovery that the C.I.A. used torture in much the same way that Captain Renault reacted to the discovery of gambling at Rick's Café Américain, many of the details of the report are unsettling. In fact, many commentators are calling for prosecutions of the torturers, though this seems unlikely.

Still, it is clear that the C.I.A. violated both international and United States law. The U.S. is a party to the Convention Against Torture, which prohibits states from employing torture and similar techniques in interrogations. Furthermore, an entire chapter of Title 18 of the U.S. Code criminalizes torture, specifically for persons "acting under the color of law." Then again, the C.I.A.'s traditional view of itself has been more along the lines of "above the law" than "under the color of law."

Friday, December 5, 2014

Exended Hours Start Tonight

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Extended hours at the Law Library begin tonight for finals studying:

Fall Finals Hours

December 5 - 19

Monday - Saturday     7:00 a.m. - Midnight

Sunday                      10:00 a.m. - Midnight

Saturday, Dec. 20      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21         Closed

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Titles from November 2014

Check out our Featured Acquisitions page for November 2014 to see the new titles in the Law Library last month!

A few sample titles:
And the new DVDs from last month:

A selection of our new titles can be found on our "New Books" display atop the reference section in the library lobby.  Enjoy your browsing!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Hours

The Law Library will be opened reduced hours this week for the Thanksgiving holiday - please plan accordingly!

Tuesday, Nov. 25
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

Friday, Nov. 28
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
No Reference Services Available

Saturday, Nov. 2
Resume Regular Hours

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: ICJ Elections

On Tuesday, the International Court of Justice announced the election of Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica as the final member of the court for this round of elections. This follows the election of four other I.C.J. judges, including American Joan E. Donoghue, at the beginning of November.

According to the Statute of the International Court of Justice, the ICJ features fifteen judges elected to nine-year terms. Elections are staggered so that a third of the court is up for election every three years. The U.N. Security Council and the U.N. General Assembly do the electing, and each candidate must obtain a majority in each body. Judges may stand for reelection, but no more than one judge of any one nationality may sit on the court at once.

While this process may seem convoluted, it does tend to ensure more responsiveness and diversity of viewpoints than appointment with lifetime tenure has. Maybe the U.S. should amend the Constitution to adopt something similar, substituting "more than one alum of the same law school" for "more than one national of the same state"?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: ASEAN Summit

The twenty-fifth annual ASEAN summit meets in Myanmar this week. The summit is a meeting of delegations from the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as heads of state from world powers who trade with Southeast Asian nations. In fact, quite a few of these heads of state have already made the international news for actions taken at the summit. First, Vladimir Putin caused a minor diplomatic scandal when he showed himself to be a major international player, in multiple meanings of the word. Then, it was reported that the U.S. and China were creating rival clubs for trade and trying to get all the cool nations to join theirs. Finally, and most shocking of all, Presidents Obama and Xi came to a surprise agreement to limit air pollution. And, these were just the highlights of the summit so far. This all goes to show how important Intergovernmental Organizations are to modern diplomacy and international law, especially when one considers that the U.S. and China aren't even officially ASEAN members.