Becoming Policemen of the World

By Professor Wayne McCormack for   “. . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt “Imagine there’s no countries.” – John Lennon For some months, I have carried in my back pocket a proposal for ending the current round of violent jihad, which is built around […]

A Global Compact Against ISIS/ISIL

By Professor Wayne McCormack for Three facts seem indisputable from recent reports. ISIL is winning against the U.S. and its purported “allies.” Russia has now formally weighed in to support the Assad regime. The U.S. has both overtly and covertly opposed just about everyone in the region (Assad, the Syrian rebel groups until we […]

“I want to exercise my right to die tomorrow”

By Elizabeth Thomas for On a daily basis, we see a fair number of mentally ill clients. Since starting my work with the SAHRC, I’ve read complaints that range from illegible markings on a napkin to eloquent quasi-slam poetry about the patriarchy of educational institutions. You never know where that person is coming from, or whether […]

Is There an Alternative to “Peacekeeping” Failures?

By Wayne McCormack for A recent article on the Foreign Policy blog[1] describes the knowledge of White House officials about the genocide unfolding in Rwanda in 1994 and their willful decision to pull UN peacekeeping forces out of the country. The article seems startling but all it really does is add details to what […]

The Invisible Crime: Human Trafficking in Utah

By Liza Bacon and Gabrielle Barker for On February 12, 2014, the Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Social Justice Student Initiative were honored to welcome Veteran Fire Captain Fernando Rivero for “The Invisible Crime: Human Trafficking in Utah.” The event was widely attended by over 200 attendees that […]

The Steep Price of Executive Power Post 9/11: Reclaiming Our Past to Insure Our Future

By Jeffrey S. Brand and Amos N. Guiora for It is no surprise that the September 11th attacks – which killed 3000 civilians, reduced the World Trade Center to molten steel, and left a gaping hole in the Pentagon – ushered in an era of relentless pursuit of suspected terrorists, including ramped up surveillance, […]

Sticks and Stones – Words and Consequences

By Wayne McCormack for  Thousands of gallons of ink are being spilled about the attack on Charlie Hebdo, almost all condemning the violence, some questioning the extent to which ridicule is appropriate, and some even tending to assert the need for a police state to monitor and detain any person who might be potentially […]

Does Torture Violate more than just U.S. and International Law?

By Steven Nielsen for I am an American. I believe in the fair treatment of all people despite where he or she may be from or for what crimes he or she may have committed. In addition, I believe that prisoners or detainees should always be treated with respect and should never be subjected […]

Drone Court Proposal: A Response to Professor Vladeck

By Jeffery S. Brand, Amos Guiora and Steven Barela for This post is in response to “Drone Courts: The Wrong Solution to the Wrong Problem,” by Steve Vladeck originally posted on December 2, 2014. Professor Brand is the co-author, along with University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Amos Guiora, of an […]

International Response to Non-State Force

By Steven Young for Traditional states once were the only entities with the power to work extra-territorially in a significant manner. This power was manifest through diplomacy, economics, and the use and threat of force. The United Nations (U.N.) was formed in order to control states and the manner in which force was used […]