Beth Van Schaack, Just Security

Beth Van Schaack

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San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Beth:

The Torture of Forcibly Separating Children from their Parents

A detailed analysis of why the family separation policy amounts to government-sanctioned torture. → Read More

Terrorist Financing: A Backgrounder

One of the causes of action asserted in the Supreme Court's case, Jesner v. Arab Bank, is terrorist financing, an international crime also at issue in the case brought by Ukraine against Russia before the International Court of Justice (see my coverage here). This article provides background on the multilateral treaty prohibiting terrorist financing and calling for perpetrators to be brought to… → Read More

Introducing Just Security’s Symposium on Jesner v Arab Bank

Over course of the next two weeks, we will host a number of contributors addressing the question of whether corporations immune from suit under international law. → Read More

Libya’s Haftar and Liability of Superiors: Ordering Offenses v. Responsibility for Omissions

Fmr State Dept official: "Rarely are such orders captured on film with the specificity and brutality seen in the Haftar case" → Read More

Senate Appropriations Bill Rejects Trump’s Efforts to Downsize State Department and USAID

By a vote of 31-0, the bill adds back nearly $11 billion to the Trump administration's whittled down budget submission. → Read More

Key U.S. Foreign Policy Positions—including Ambassador for War Crimes—Saved from Getting Axed

Read the full text of Secretary Tillerson's letter to Senator Corker. → Read More

An Update of the Israel-Palestine-International Criminal Court Timeline

A lot has happened before the International Criminal Court since we last reported on the Palestine and related situations. The timeline below picks up where my last timeline of relevant events left off. → Read More

Federal Court: US Can Extradite Ex-El Salvador Official to Spain for Jesuits Massacre

On Monday, U.S. federal judge Terrence Boyle ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano Morales (Montano)—who headed El Salvador’s National Police → Read More

Representative Ted Lieu in Defense of Global Justice

Members of Congress engage an effort to save a part of State Department that addresses atrocities and political violence. → Read More

More Details on Trump, Russia, and the Mysterious Magnitsky Connection

As reported yesterday by Rob Berschinski and Adam Nagy, the Magnitsky Act is back in the news in connection with media reporting on the June 2016 → Read More

State Dept. Office of Global Criminal Justice on the Chopping Block–Time to save it

Word out of Washington is that the Trump Administration has started to restructure the State Department and particularly the → Read More

The ICJ Issues Provisional Measures Against Russia on Ukraine’s Racial Discrimination Claims

Russian media are reporting that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) “rejected” Ukraine’s request for provisional measures → Read More

“Golden Shield” Oral Arguments Today: Doe v. Cisco

A panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco (composed of Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Wallace Tashima, and Marsha Berzon) → Read More

“Golden Shield” Oral Arguments Today: Doe v. Cisco

A panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco (composed of Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Wallace Tashima, and Marsha Berzon) → Read More

Important New Bipartisan Bill To Advance Accountability for International Crimes in Syria

Following on the heels of last week’s chemical weapon attack in Syria, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen → Read More

Closing the Loop: Sabrina De Sousa Pardoned for Role in CIA Torture and Rendition

Just a quick note to close the loop on the Sabrina De Sousa case, which I discussed in greater detail here. On the day before she was to be → Read More

Ukraine Update: the ICJ Proceedings & Options for Justice in the United States

With the Congressional hearings on Russia dominating the news, this post provides an update on proceedings before the International → Read More

A Look at the Case of the CIA Officer Being Extradited to Italy for her Role in a 2003 Rendition

A Gulfstream IV business jet similar to the one suspected of transporting Abu Omar during his rendition. (Eugene Butler/Wikimedia Commons) News → Read More

Trump’s Muslim Ban & the Propaganda Value of Violence Against Women

There has been much criticism, much deserved, of President Trump’s Executive Order imposing a Muslim Ban on entry into the United States and → Read More

Human Shields in International Humanitarian Law: A Guide to the Legal Framework

To assist our readers interested in the phenomenon of human shields, I’ve produced a compilation of the relevant legal framework → Read More