Monday, April 23, 2018

I Actually Like New York’s Double Jeopardy Loophole The Way It Is, But We Can’t Have Such Nice Things


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to close New York State's double jeopardy "loophole," in a clear attempt to protect prosecutions from possible Trump pardons of his cronies. Normally, prosecutions at the federal level do not preclude prosecutions at the state level. But New York has this weird rule where jeopardy attaches for state purposes if a defendant pleads guilty or a jury is sworn-in even for a federal case, subject to a few exceptions.

It means, potentially, that a person — say, Michael Cohen — who is tried by federal prosecutors, convicted, and pardoned by President Donald Trump could not later be prosecuted for state crimes, even though the president technically has no authority to pardon state crimes.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ethical Considerations For Artificial Intelligence

When people imagine a future of "robot lawyers," they tend to focus on employment and economic effects — for example, the implications for the lawyer labor market (e.g., "will the robots take our jobs"). Often overlooked, but no less important, are the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.

Last week, at the Global Privacy Summit of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), I attended a session tackling this very subject — "Machines That Can Learn: Can They Also Be Taught Human Values?" — with the following panelists:

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

What is Unit 180 and why is it one of the biggest threats to world peace?

North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet …

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U.S. backs call to save oceans, but notes plan to quit climate deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States supported a global call to action at the United Nations on Friday to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources, even as it noted President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from a pact to fight climate change. The first U.N. Ocean Co...

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32 countries express ‘deep concerns’ over PH drug war, call for Callamard visit

Thirty-two countries attending the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council said they have "deep concerns" over the summary killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war against …

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Why We Need to Address Gender-Based Violence, Now More Than Ever

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" (16 Days) campaign, originated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL). The campaign takes on a specific theme each year, which is determined by consulting with the many international human rights groups working to end gender-based violence (GBV). By calling upon individuals and organizations around the world to take action against GBV, the 16 Days campaign has had a significant impact and great success in building support of and activism for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls for more than two decades.  

The 16 Days campaign is exactly that —16 days of global activism, starting with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th and leading up to Human Rights Day on December 10th. During this time, Amnesty activists and members advocate for and with those who experience gender-based violence around the world. With the launch of Amnesty International's "I Welcome" Campaign this year, AIUSA has dedicated its 16 days of activism to highlighting how GBV affects refugee women and girls and LGBTI refugees.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

Recalling the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Acknowledging that all members of the human family enjoy human dignity and equal and inalienable rights, and that these rights represent a necessary tenet of the preservation of freedom, justice and peace throughout the world,

Aiming to maintain international peace and security and determined to pass on to successive generations an invaluable inheritance of a world free of wars,

Ensuring the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force should not be used, save in accordance with the limitations prescribed by international law,

Reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women, the promotion of social progress and better standards of life for people and future generations and the need to facilitate peaceful coexistence among the world's religions, beliefs, and ethnicities;

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