Civil rights lawyers (and others) sometimes express exasperation when they are sometimes denied decent hourly rates after winning trials against governments (or insurers that fail to honor policy obligations.)  That group may be heartened by a new ruling from Judge Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois in a case arising from failure to provide

This is an age of increasing specialization even as to civil rights.  Thus, a new article in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business addresses civil rights in that sector. The article is by several European lawyers from ngos and Clifford Chance, and is titled: Human rights responsibilities in the oil and gas sector:

What are the economics of discrimination ? Alex Tabarrock from Marginal Revolution put up the following thought-provoking post, and it’s repasted here for further dissemination. Law and economics – they go hand in glove. 


"The Growth of Justice
Posted: 09 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT
Justice is a key ingredient

Here’s a good idea – the ABA is assisting and promoting efforts to recruit lawyers and others to monitor protests at the NATO and G8 meetings.  Set out below is the text of the email I received this morning from an ABA international law group. 


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of

Dread diseases are complex and, often, horrible. Coping with dread diseases requires massive attention and perseverance. To date, the nations, ngos and corporations of the world have achieved only modest progress towards coping with the causes, effects, costs and horrors of dread diseases. 

This NYT story  by Jim Dwyer illustrates some of the horrors

In this post (and others linked in it), Kevin Jon Heller at OpinioJuris continues to savage the legal analysis of US circuit courts as to international law standards for "aiding and abetting" liability.  The criticism seems on point and powerful, but I’m certainly not an international law scholar. The big picture point here is that

First, do no harm. 

In litigation, some try to treat history as a science. But in the hands of most people, it’s not, even if it involves medicine. Telling or teaching history depends on perspective, judgment, and extensive knowledge of then-extant practices and facts. Then the story-teller must choose which facts to present in the