International Law

Michael Walzer: Political Theory and Social Criticism

Michael Walzer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, who reflects on his intellectual journey. Topics covered include: the influence of his parents; his Jewish upbringing; his education at Brandeis; Harvard, and Cambridge; his tenure at Dissent and the impact of the protest movements of the 1960's. Walzer compares the work of a political theorist and that of a social critic. He analyzes humanitarian intervention and drone warfare in the context of just war theory. He also discusses the aftermath of the...

Luc Walleyn: Humanitarian Law

Luc Walleyn

Belgian human rights lawyer Luc Walleyn discusses the evolution of human rights law in the European Union and the implications of universal jurisdiction for international law.

Keywords: War Crimes; Humanitarian Law

Tom Farer: International Law and Human Rights

Tom Farer

Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Tom Farer discusses his work in human rights, international law, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler

Tom Farer: Confronting Global Terrorism: The Elements of a Liberal Grand Strategy

Tom Farer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer and policy analyst Tom Farer for a discussion of the different world views of liberals and neo-conservatives within the foreign policy community. He analyzes their different perspectives on the U.S. role in the world, on the problem of terrorism, and their choice of means for the conduct of foreign policy. He also discusses the historical continuity in U.S. foreign policy.

KEYWORDS: Torture, Strategy.

Juan Guzman: Confronting Chile's History

Juan Guzman

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler and Juan Guzman, Chief judge, Court of Appeals, Santiago, Chile, discuss human rights and the Chilean justice system.


Stuart E. Eizenstat: Politics, Law, and the Search for 'Imperfect Justice

Stuart E. Eizenstat

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished public servant Stuart E. Eizenstat for a discussion of his career in politics and law and his new book, "Imperfect Justice," an account of his work as the President's envoy to solve the conundrum of reparations for Holocaust survivors.

Key Words: Law, International Law, U.S. Presidents, Human Rights, Reparations, Justice, Presidents

Stephen Holmes: America's Reckless Response To Terror

Stephen Holmes

America's Reckless Response To Terror - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes NYU law professor Stephen Holmes for a discussion of the Bush administration response to the 911 attack. He analyzes the motivations behind policies, examines the interplay between politics and ideas, and highlights the implications for American democracy. He also addresses the options available to the next President in confronting the tragic errors of the Bush administration.

Seyla Benhabib: Philosophic Iterations, Cosmopolitanism, and the 'Right to Rights'

Seyla Benhabib

Yale political theorist Seyla Benhabib is UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler's guest in a discussion of how political theory can further our understanding of globalization and its impact on the struggle for human rights.

Key Words: Theory, Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, Philosophers, International Law, Identity, Women Trailblazers, Political Scientists

Richard J. Goldstone: The Rule of Law

Richard J. Goldstone

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Justice Richard J. Goldstone for a discussion of the role of law in transitions to democracy, in the prosecution of war crimes, and in the enforcement of the rules of war in
the post 911 environment. Drawing on his experiences in South Africa, on his work as special prosecutor for the Bosnia and Rwanda tribunals, and for his leadership of the UN commission on the Gaza War, Justice Goldstone discusses the distinctive features of the South African transition, the ground breaking work that facilitated a breakthrough in the Bosnia conflict, and the...

Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Philippe Sands

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal...