Programs Offered Through the Center for International Law and Policy
Political Violence Documentation & Analysis
The Center for International Law and Policy has been asked to provide training for the staff of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, and to assist in the analysis of the recent violence under various international legal frameworks.
The Center for International Law and Policy is advising on draft hate speech legislation for compliance with relevant international standards.
US Attitudes Toward Human Rights Treaty-bodies
The Center for International Law and Policy has launched an initiative to document and analyze the US approach to its human rights obligations under international law. The project entails an examination of the US interpretation of the scope of its human rights obligations, as well as its understanding of the legal authority of the human rights treaty-bodies that monitor the implementation of the treaties to which the US is a party.
The Center for International Law and Policy is providing legal advice to defense counsel currently arguing cases before international criminal courts.
In response to a request from the Council of Europe, the the Center for International Law and Policy has undertaken a project on the issue of European state complicity in alleged unlawful arrest, detention, and rendition perpetrated by United States agents and occurring within the territory of Council of Europe member states. The research focuses on the applicable international legal framework, with emphasis on the secondary rules of state responsibility (e.g. questions of attribution of conduct and derivative responsibility) and the interaction of those rules with the primary rules of human rights law (the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture).
The Center for International Law and Policy's work on human rights in post-conflict territories has expanded to include the issue of peacekeeper accountability. The Center's current research focuses on accountability mechanisms for sexual misconduct by civilian and military personnel working on behalf of intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations.
Since 1996, the Center for International Law and Policy has participated in an arrangement with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda , under which New England Law | Boston students provide legal research and analysis to the war crimes prosecutor on issues pending before the Tribunal. Issues range from the contours of command responsibility to the interpretation of the Genocide Convention. Members of the Public International Law and Policy Group provide the students with guidance and research assistance, and members of the law school faculty supervise and edit the final work product before it is provided to the Tribunal. New England Law | Boston is one of a handful of law schools in the world with this arrangement with the international prosecutor. Since its establishment, this program has provided more than 100 legal memoranda and hundreds of thousands of pages of supporting research to the international prosecutor. The memos are available at the New England Law | Boston Library . The Tribunal has cited a memo by a New England Law | Boston student in a published decision. This program is supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute, a branch of the George Soros Foundation.
For more information on any of these projects, please contact the Director of the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, Professor John Cerone.