Weekday News Wrap: Friday, September 7, 2012
- The International Economic Law and Policy Blog is reporting on a case filed against the WTO in a US District Court seeking a declaration that the “ruling of the Appellate Body of the WTO concerning the Country of Origin Labeling Act is null and void in the United States and throughout the world” on the basis that US law prevails over the WTO Agreements, as stipulated in Section 102(a)(1) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
- Asian and Pacific leaders are meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, this weekend for the APEC summit, against a background of various territorial disputes pitting members against each other, and with many states going through leadership changes in the coming months. They did however agree to slash import duties on green technologies.
- Pakistan has ordered foreign staff of the NGO Save the Children to leave the country, following rumours that it facilitated meetings between the US and Dr. Afridi who has been convicted of high treason for his alleged help in chasing down Osama bin Laden.
- Even though FARC rebels have asked for a ceasefire ahead of upcoming peace talks with the Colombian government, the government said that is not an option and in fact the military will intensify its operation in the coming months.
- The United States has delivered documents related to Omar Khadr to the Canadian authorities and Canada will now consider whether he can be transferred into their custody from Guantanamo Bay.
- Syrian forces have bombarded south Damascus with reportedly 20 civilians killed in an area home to tens of thousands of Palestinians.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed the situation in Syria, pointing to the thousands of citizens who were dying at the hands of the government, in the “ultimate test of the responsibility to protect” for the international community.
- The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced the release of some 1,700 previously classified documents detailing evidence of war crimes committed connected to the Court’s “case 001” against Kaing Guek Eav.
- For some weekend reading, many blogs have offered in-depth analysis of current issues. Over at Lawfare, John Bellinger analyzes yet another dismissal of a human rights lawsuit under the Alien Tort Claims Act against Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
- Mark Kersten, at Justice in Conflict, offers some thoughts on what Al-Senussi’s extradition from Mauritania to Libya really means.
- At EJIL: Talk! Iain Scobbie critiques the legal argumentation in the recent Levy Commission’s report outlining the status of the West Bank and the legality of the Israeli settlements.
- Finally, for those interesed in how US President Barack Obama has done in his relations around the world, have a look at Barack Obama’s foreign policy, by the numbers on FP.