Saturday, January 28, 2006

Quote of the Day

Hersch Lauterpacht (perhaps the most influential figure in international law of the 20th century):
"So long as international society did not effectively guarantee the rights of men against arbitrariness and oppression by governments, it could not oblige states to treat subversive activities...… as a crime."
[(1954-I) International Law Commission Yearbook 141, cited in Ben Saul, "Two Justifications for Terrorism: A Moral Legal Response," (Silver City, NM & Washington, DC: Foreign Policy In Focus, January 10, 2006)]

Though Lauterpacht uses the past tense, the sentiment is still sadly relevant.


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