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  • United Nations Disregards Vatican

    The international “smart set” regularly chastises the United States for not ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). One need only look to a recent report by the CRC’s treaty committee for full justification of U.S. reticence. Human-rights “experts” on U.N. treaty bodies like the Committee … More

    Cruz Explains Why Americans with Disabilities Will Not Benefit from U.N. Disabilities Treaty

    The United States is the world leader regarding the rights of people with disabilities. But a United Nations treaty seeks to use Americans’ concern for the disabled to undermine U.S. sovereignty. It’s time for proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to come clean about … More

    4 Things John Kerry Got Wrong in a 4½-Minute Video

    Secretary of State John Kerry has a new, impassioned video appeal for the U.S. Senate to consent to ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Kerry’s speechwriters should have checked their facts, though. Among Kerry’s mistakes and mischaracterizations are the following: “[The CRPD] will … More

    Hatch: U.S. Should Protect Sovereignty, Not Promote a U.N. Treaty

    Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) delivered a broadside on the Senate floor last week to proponents of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations human rights treaty signed by the Obama Administration in July 2009. Senator Hatch analyzed the treaty in the … More

    Keeping Judges Out of the Foreign Policy Arena

    This week, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will help prevent U.S. courts (and activist judges) from interfering in foreign policy issues that are—and should be—the constitutional prerogative of the executive and legislative branches. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum involved the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which was passed … More

    The U.S. Should Ignore U.N. Inquiry Into Drone Strikes

    Airstrikes carried out by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) have been criticized for several years by international human rights activists, including certain “special rapporteurs” operating out of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. One such special rapporteur, Ben Emmerson of the United Kingdom, has … More

    Don't Open the Door to Law of the Sea Litigation

    Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute warns of the dangers of litigation if the United States joins the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, more commonly known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Some of the litigation “greatest hits” highlighted by Bandow include: The recent intrusion … More

    Law of the Sea Ruling Trumps Ghanaian Judge

    When a nation joins the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) it should be prepared to have its domestic court rulings overturned by an international tribunal. That hard lesson was recently learned by Ghana. Specifically, on December 15, an UNCLOS court—the International Tribunal for the Law … More

    Senator Kerry's Fallacious Emotional Appeal for a U.N. Treaty

    When the facts and law are not in one’s favor, there is a natural temptation to appeal to the emotions of your target audience in order to win an argument. This is referred to as argumentum ad passiones—an attempt to manipulate an audience’s emotions by pulling on their heartstrings in … More

    Disabilities Treaty Will Not Help Americans with Disabilities

    Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) announced his intention to proceed to executive session tomorrow to consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty purporting to protect the rights of the disabled that the Obama Administration signed in July 2009. However, U.S. … More