Ruth Wedgwood
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Terror in Charlottesville
The Incredible Shrinking President

How could any decent person, much less the leader of the Free World, show such callous indifference to the grotesque violence and racial hatred on display last weekend in Charlottesville?

Pardon Me?
Slouching Toward Bethlehem

A sure sign of constitutional distress is when the President and his advisers begin to flirt with the pardon power.

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Foreign Policy Adrift
Realism and the American Republic

How Washington fails to reconcile realism and idealism in its current foreign policy.

combatting corruption
A Conversation with Mark Wolf

Ruth Wedgwood: I’m here today to interview Judge Mark Wolf, who is a distinguished district judge on the federal bench in Massachusetts, and has been on the bench for a very long time. He has taken the lead in pronouncing some quite sparky views on how we should fight corruption, particularly international corruption. He was […]

Russia Ukraine & the Rule of Law
Shooting in the Air

Russia’s operatives could be taken to the International Criminal Court for their role in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Even ICC skeptics in America ought to be open to this approach.

Prison Hulks and Al Shabab: The Complications of the Law of War

Since the September 11 attacks, federal judges have out of necessity plunged into the real-life facts of terrorism’s twilight world of training camps, safe houses, and dry runs, as they review the Guantanamo dossiers of al Qaeda and Taliban suspects captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Even in the view of hard-bitten intelligence types, the federal […]

The Rocket’s Red Glare: Mladic and Mayhem

Half a lifetime ago, on a hot July afternoon, I sat in the living room of international war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone, glued to the screen as Dutch television newscasters announced another dreary episode in the ethnic conflict of the former Yugoslavia. This time it was the capture of a small Bosnian municipality—the obscure town […]

Courting Plutocracy

The legacy of American jurisprudence recognizes no contradiction between liberty and wealth—at least not yet.

The Strange Case of Florence Hartmann

A tribunal in the Hague for the prosecution of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia is threatening to convict a former French journalist for accurately describing two of its boggled judicial decisions.  This is not the best way to advance the cause of international justice.

The Law Adrift

The age-old scourge of piracy has come back to haunt us off the waters of Somalia. Our troubles in dealing decisively with the problem are largely of our own making.

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