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James A. Goldston

James A. Goldston

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James A. Goldston is Executive Director of the Open Society Justice Initiative and previously worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

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  1. The Fog of War Crimes
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    The Fog of War Crimes

    Feb 2, 2024 James A. Goldston shows why the accusation of double standards has accompanied international criminal justice since its birth.

  2. Ukraine and the Rebirth of Human Rights
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    Ukraine and the Rebirth of Human Rights

    Feb 28, 2023 James A. Goldston sees the war as a poignant reminder of what a world without international law would look like.

  3. How Courts Will Shape the Post-Pandemic World
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    How Courts Will Shape the Post-Pandemic World

    May 26, 2020 James A. Goldston highlights three areas in which COVID-19 is prompting legal challenges to long-standing economic injustices.

  4. A Wake-Up Call for Human Rights
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    A Wake-Up Call for Human Rights

    Aug 15, 2019 James A. Goldston says advocacy groups alone cannot repel the current populist onslaught on liberal values.

  5. The Trump Administration’s Assault on Assault Survivors
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    The Trump Administration’s Assault on Assault Survivors

    May 6, 2019 Kavita N. Ramdas & James A. Goldston condemn US anti-abortion zealots' dangerous and increasingly successful efforts to control women's bodies.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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