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The Weekly Standard makes a fact-free argument about political science. Here are some facts.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 18, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Over at the Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward has a new piece arguing that political science is on its last legs. His main evidence is that Stanford University’s political science department has seen a big decline in undergraduate enrollment. This leads him to argue that students are fleeing political science because it is too concerned with arid mathematical exercises, and doesn’t concern itself nearly enough with questions of justice.

The Weekly Standard makes a fact-free argument about political science. Here are some facts.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 18, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Over at the Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward has a new piece arguing that political science is on its last legs. His main evidence is that Stanford University’s political science department has seen a big decline in undergraduate enrollment. This leads him to argue that students are fleeing political science because it is too concerned with arid mathematical exercises, and doesn’t concern itself nearly enough with questions of justice.

The Many Faces of Complicity in International Law

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 17, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
This paper captures remarks made at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law on a panel devoted to exploring the scope of complicity under international law. My focus is on the evolving international criminal law doctrine as manifested in a line of cases emerging from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In particular, the paper notes the emergence, and then rejection, of "specific direction" as an element of complicity.
 

Crimes Against Humanity: Repairing Title 18's Blind Spots

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 17, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

This is a contribution to a feshrift devoted to Professor William Schabas. It takes as its starting point President Obama's atrocities prevention and response initiative, a key product of which has been a concerted inter-agency effort to improve the United States' ability to prosecute atrocity crimes by closing gaps in our penal and immigration codes and preventing this country from serving as a safe haven for abusers.

The Building Blocks of Hybrid Justice

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 17, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

The commission of mass atrocities — genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes — inevitably generates clarion calls for accountability from a range of international actors, including civil society organizations, governments, and United Nations bodies. These demands often center on an appeal that the situation be taken up by the International Criminal Court (ICC) via a Security Council referral or action by the Prosecutor herself. Although the ICC is now fully operational, its jurisdiction remains incomplete and its resources limited.

Keeping Secrets

Author(s): 
Henry Corrigan-Gibbs
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

What ifyour research could help solve a looming national problem, but government officials thought publishing it would be tantamount to treason? A Stanford professor and his graduate students found themselves in that situation 37 years ago, when their visionary work on computer privacy issues ran afoul of the National Security Agency. At the time, knowledge of how to encrypt and decrypt information was the domain of government; the NSA feared that making the secrets of cryptography public would severely hamper intelligence operations.

Here’s how Washington weaponized America’s IT companies and why it backfired

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 16, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Two months ago, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling that effectively invalidated the Safe Harbor arrangement, an agreement that big U.S. multinationals and e-commerce firms use to move personal information across the Atlantic. The court’s ruling was largely motivated by the threat that U.S. surveillance undermined the privacy rights of European citizens.

OmniCISA Pits DHS Against the FCC and FTC on User Privacy

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On Friday, Congress will vote on a mutated version of security threat sharing legislation that had previously passed through the House and Senate. These earlier versions would have permitted private companies to share with the federal government categories of data related to computer security threat signatures. Companies that did so would also receive legal immunity from liability under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and other privacy laws.

The Transatlantic Data War

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last October, the European Court of Justice struck down the Safe Harbor agreement, a 15-year-old transatlantic arrangement that permitted U.S. companies to transfer data, such as people’s Google-search histories, outside the EU.

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