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October 5, 2012
Join the NLG International Committee for a Continuing Legal Education seminar on using international human rights principles to support litigation and organizing around economic, social and cultural...
June 4, 2012
2012 marks the second year in which the Debra Evenson Venceremos International Award will be awarded by the National Lawyers Guild at its...
October 3, 2011
The International Committee and its subcommittees are planning or collaborating on a series of events at the Philadelphia convention. Please join us for these exciting, informative and motivating...
REGISTER TODAY - International CLE: The Inter-American System: International Options When Justice is Blocked
August 31, 2011
The National Lawyers Guild International Committee Continuing Legal Education will take place at the National Lawyers Guild Convention on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 1 PM-4 PM and is accredited...
by Marjorie Cohn
January 20, 2011
August 3, 2010
The Constitution requires the President to enforce the law against both the petty thief who stole salmon from the market, and the CIA agent who tortured or abused a prisoner.
Our law prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and requires that those who subject people to such treatment be prosecuted. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment compels us to refer all torture cases for prosecution or extradite the suspect to a country that will undertake a criminal investigation. The Geneva Conventions proclaim an "obligation" to bring those who have committed torture and cruel treatment before our "own courts." The Torture Convention and the Geneva Conventions are both part of U.S. law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which says, "all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land." Two federal statutes – the Torture Statute and the War Crimes Act (torture is a war crime) - provide for life imprisonment and even the death penalty if the victim dies from torture.