International Law

Philip Bobbit: Law, Strategy and the Transformation of the State

Philip Bobbit

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Philip Bobbitt for a discussion of his book, The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History. Bobbitt explores the dynamic relationship between constitution and strategy and its consequences for the transformation of the state. In modern history, epochal wars are fought and then settlements reached that legitimate changes in the structure and form of the state, changes that emerged in the course of the conflict. Focusing on the case of twentieth century conflicts, Bobbitt explains how in this epoch--which lasted from the First World...

John Yoo: The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11

John Yoo

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley for a discussion of Presidential war powers. Professor Yoo analyzes the situation confronting the United States after the 911 attack and explains the development of the legal justifications for the Bush'administration's response. Topics addressed include the memorandum on torture, the interface between law and politics, secrecy and democracy, and the Bush legacy.

John Shattuck: Diplomacy and the Shaping of a Human Rights Agenda

John Shattuck

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes John Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Library Foundation, for a discussion of his career and work in the area of civil liberties and human rights.

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

John Fabian Witt: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Evolution of American Law

John Fabian Witt

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Yale Law School Professor John Fabian Witt for a discussion of the craft of legal history. Topics covered include: understanding context in legal narratives; nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the evolution of civil liberties and tort law; and the importance of slavery, emancipation, and the established laws of nations in the making of Lincoln’s Code, a revolutionary change in U.S. laws of war. The conversation concludes with thoughts on how legal history could inform a discussion of the sharing economy’s impact on the law.

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Jeremy Waldron: Dignity, Human Rights, and Torture

Jeremy Waldron

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes legal philosopher Jeremy Waldron for a discussion of the legal concept of dignity, its origins in law and morality and its emergence as a foundation for human rights. In the conversation, Professor Waldron also talks about the importance of preserving liberal values in the fight against terrorism, and, in this context, he criticizes the torture memos for their assault on human dignity.

Jane Mayer: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Values

Jane Mayer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long...

Harold Hongju Koh: Transnational Legal Process and World Order

Hanan Ashrawi

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harold Hongju Koh, the Dean of the Yale Law School and Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law there. They discuss the role of international law, the meaning of the Iran Contra Affair, the impact of 911, and the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, Korea, Iran Contra Affair, War Crimes,...

Amy Chua: The Myths of Globalization. Markets, Democracy, and Ethnic Hatred

Amy Chua

In a discussion with host Harry Kreisler, Yale University Law School Professor Amy Chua analyzes the vortex of ethnic hatred generated by the unrestrained export of markets and democracy to the underdeveloped world.

KEYWORDS: Globalization, Ethnic Conflict, Democratization, Nationalism, Theory and Practice.