Defending International Law

When we most need international law, it is most under attack. The right wing denounces international law constraints on national power while the left wing sounds the alarm about international economic institutions. Both argue that international law is undemocratic. My latest paper, Globalization and Distrust, argues that these critics are wrong. A more careful review of the processes of international law and the meaning of democracy reveals that they are fundamentally compatible.

NY Times Ombudsmen Finally Criticizes Paper

On Iraqi election weekend, NY Times reporter Judith Miller appeared on Hardball and said that the Bush Administration was reaching out to Ahmad Chalabi and had "even offered a chance to be an interior minister in the new government." At that point, Matthews exclaimed: Wait, didn't Iraq just have an election; why are we offering someone a position in the new government. At which point, Miller hemmed. The backdoor dealings between Bush and Chalabi didn't appear in print in the NYT, so NY Times Public Editor Okrent properly asks, why? Here's his account:

Edwards to Teach Part-Time at UNC Chapel Hill Law

A big coup for UNC Law, through the initiative of Dean Gene Nichols:

Edwards announced Friday that he will head a new nonpartisan center to study ways to move more Americans from poverty to the middle class. He also will give a series of five large public lectures at the university and be a guest teacher in the UNC Law School, where he earned his law degree.

American Solidarity with Iraqis

The image of Americans dipping their fingers in blue ink in solidarity with brave Iraqis is striking. Before the war, we assumed that the ordinary people of Iraq would treat us as liberators. Briefly, they did. But the horrifying physical insecurity they faced soon led them to demand more of the foreign military force in the land. I think many Americans might have perceived Iraqis as ungrateful for the sacrifice of our treasure and blood, ungrateful for the liberation.

Wireless in Subways?

My friend Shane tells me that Blackberrys work in the NY subways because they run on old radio pager technology. Apparently, the subways have long had radio transmitters that allow people to be paged while underground, not just in stations.

Is this true? Also, what happens in Tokyo or Seoul? Is there wireless data being transmitted--for pagers or phones?

Vote for Top Legal Thinkers

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As I mentioned a couple of months ago, the magazine Legal Affairs is conducting an online poll of the top 20 Legal Thinkers in America. Of course, they recognize the poll is unscientific, but it's a fun exercise nonetheless.

The authors of the poll have offered up a list of 125 names, and allow you to choose 5 from the list, with one additional write-in.

Rumsfeld and Responsiblity

Rummy.jpg reminds us that last year,

In the middle of the controversy, Rumsfeld appeared before Congress and said he took "full responsibility" for what had happened, and he said he would step down from his post if he thought he could no longer be effective.

Bush then publicly expressed confidence in Rumsfeld.

Some thoughts about the Copyright Office comments

I've been thinking about the recent copyright office call for comments on orphan works. What is it that I would wish? The word that keeps coming back to me is "transparency." I have to live within the system, but it would be so nice if one could have tools that helped with this process -- that is

- online data bases FROM THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE (or somewhere else official) that one could search easily to see if a work has been renewed


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