Sunday, July 29, 2018

Prof. Posner, If You Don't Know the Answer, Take a Pass

On Wednesday, our post linked to a Houston Chronicle article on family separation that (somewhat gratuitously) quoted University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner, saying “It is hard to think of examples where the U.S. government was influenced by the positions of any international human rights bodies.” 

Since seeing that article, we've been trying to think of counterexamples, and it actually hasn't been too hard at all.  Here are a few, big and small, that we came up with right away.  Use the comment section to let us know if you think of more!

-- The Bush Administration's effort (through executive action) to bring states into compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs during the Medellin litigation;

-- the federal government's abandonment of torture during the Obama administration;

-- federal officials' compliance with UN suggestions that they consult more widely in preparing UN submissions by (1) holding consultations with grassroots groups and advocates; and (2) reaching out to state governments to gather information on human rights successes and challenges;

-- U.S. Supreme Court's rulings limiting the death penalty nationwide and citing, in addition to other sources, international law. 

These examples were easy to think of.  And in fact, one of Posner's own colleagues at the U. of Chicago, Vera Shikhelman, has written a series of papers on factors that affect national responses to UN Human Rights Council communications.  

Next time the Houston Chronicle calls, perhaps Posner should do as his students do when they aren't prepared and take a pass.

 

  

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Comments

Here one may read for example , about halt of sales of weapons to Saudia , due to high toll of killing of civilians in the war in Yemen ( and thanks to International and UN criticism of course ) :
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/us-to-halt-planned-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-over-yemen-airstrikes

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Jul 30, 2018 4:17:23 AM

A comment of mine , not yet posted ( yesterday written ) so here again :

Here one may read for example , about halt of sales of weapons to Saudia , due to high toll of killing of civilians in the war in Yemen ( and thanks to International and UN criticism of course ) :

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/us-to-halt-planned-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-over-yemen-airstrikes

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Jul 31, 2018 3:39:03 AM

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