Thursday, February 26, 2009

In Case You Missed It...

I want to draw your attention to some posts I thought stood out around the blogosphere for their fairly sophisticated treatment of their respective topics, or simply because the information they provide us is timely if not urgent owing to its political or legal salience. Of course my judgments on this score are invariably a tad idiosyncratic but....

First, Kevin Jon Heller, guest blogging at Balkinization, has an extended discussion of the "The Justice Case," or
United States of America v. Alstötter et al. [3 T.W.C. 1 (1948), 6 L.R.T.W.C. 1 (1948), 14 Ann. Dig. 278 (1948)]: "John Yoo and the Justice Case."

Relatedly, at EJIL:Talk! (the blog of the European Journal of International Law), one of the newer (and best of the) international law blogs, see Dapo Akande on the
"Prosecutions of US Officials for Torture? Some Issues."

And while we're on international law and politics, two posts from IntLawGrrls are quite informative: first, Rebecca Bratspies on
"Worldwide Food Insecurity," and Naomi Norberg on "Iran's Inexorable Sexual Revolution."

At the International Criminal Law Bureau, Cathy Mac Daid
introduces us to the 2009 World Report from Human Rights Watch.

The Immanent Frame, Richard Madsen has a series of posts exploring the relevance of Charles Taylor's much discussed book, A Secular Age (2007), to religious worldviews in Asia. Scroll down to his first post on Feb. 5, "Discerning the Religious Spirit of Secular States in Asia" (the next two posts follow in order).

From Mark Thoma of
Economist's View, we learn of an ad that recently appeared in the Washington Post in support of The Employee Free Choice Act and signed by not a few prominent and lesser known economists.

Andrew Perlman raises important issues concerning the election of state judges at the Legal Ethics Forum: see
here and here.

The wonderful online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a new entry on "the philosophy of technology."

Guest blogger Brian J. Foley stirs things up at PrawfsBlawg with his post,
"USA TODAY: Don't Investigate Bush Administration “Excesses” (read: alleged monstrous crimes)." Not a few of the comments reveal a lack of familiarity with just war theory, international criminal law and the literature on "humanitarian intervention."

At the Neuroethics & Law blog, Daniel Goldberg has a
provocative post on Michael Pardo and Dennis Patterson's recent paper, "Philosophical Foundations of Law & Neuroscience." Peter Reiner continues the discussion with "Neuroreductionism: not dead yet." Time constraints prevented me from adding my own two cents worth in the comments, but I'm largely in agreement with Daniel and perhaps even more persuaded by Pardo and Patterson's argument than he is.

Lastly, an important review by C.A.J. Coady at
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR) of Bob Brecher's Torture and the Ticking Bomb (2007).


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