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Judge Royce Lamberth adopts Judge Bates’s standard for presidential detention authority

A previous post discussed the recent option by Judge John D. Bates in Hamlily v. Obama. In that case, Judge Bates set forth a standard for presidential detention authority. On Thursday, Federal District Court Judge Royce Lamberth adopted Judge Bates’s approach. In Mattan v. Obama, Judge Lamberth explained:
The Court reaches the same conclusion, and for the same …

Spanish Attorney General opposes prosecution of Bush Administration attorneys for interrogation techniques

Scott Horton over at The Daily Beast reports:
In a dramatic turn in Madrid this morning, Spain’s attorney general has stepped into the case involving former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five former senior Bush administration lawyers, overruling the decision of career prosecutors to adopt a criminal complaint against them and to proceed with an investigation. But this does not …

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North Korea launches missile, Obama responds

The New York Times is reporting:
North Korea defied the United States, China and a series of United Nations resolutions by launching a rocket on Sunday that the country said was designed to propel a satellite into space, but that much of the world viewed as an effort to prove it is edging toward the capability to shoot a nuclear warhead …

Rep. Nadler introduces National Security Letters Reform Act

From Rep. Nadler’s press release:
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, along with Reps. Jeff Flake (AZ-06), William Delahunt (MA-10) and Ron Paul (TX-14), today reintroduced the National Security Letters Reform Act of 2009, a bipartisan bill designed to provide crucial checks against the overreaching and dangerous National Security …

Chief Mediator for Darfur reportedly tells UN Security Council that warrants for al-Bashir may “compromise” peace process

Reuters is reporting:
An International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir may have compromised the quest for peace in Darfur, a U.N. and African Union mediator said on Thursday.
The official, Djibrill Bassole, called on the U.N. Security Council to heed the concerns of the AU, an organization grouping 53 African countries that has urged the council to …


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.