Ian Hurd (Northwestern): Three Models of the International Rule of Law. Mark A. Pollack (Temple): Who Supports International Law, and Why? The United States, the European Union, and International Law. Umut Ozsu (Manitoba): An Anti-Imperialist Universalism? Jus Cogens and the Politics of International Law. Christian J. Tams (Glasgow): World Peace Through International Adjudication? Maximo Langer (UCLA): Universal Jurisdiction Is Not Disappearing: The Shift from “Global Enforcer” to “No Safe Haven” Universal Jurisdiction. Samuel Moyn (Harvard): From Aggression to Atrocity: Rethinking the History of International Criminal Law. David Kaye (UC-Irvine) and Kal Raustiala (UCLA): The Council and the Court: Law and Politics in the Rise of the International Criminal Court. The ICC embodied the hope of bringing warlords and demagogues to justice — then Luis Moreno-Ocampo took on the heir to Kenya’s most powerful political dynasty. Kimberly Curtis on an historic first for the International Criminal Court.


Stephen McLeod (Liverpool): Two Philosophies of Needs. Ryan Engley (URI): The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Played: Desire, Drive, and the Twist Ending. Nan Aron on fighting back against the fine print: Forced arbitration is a rigged game, but a new rule could help consumers. James Hohmann on how Russian meddling in U.S. election backfiring on Putin, hurting Trump. Trevor Timm on some questions for those who are cheering Gawker’s demise. Does fiction actually make us more empathetic? Miguel Conde on 5 works that explore the connection between art and understanding. Why do we still buy oil from thugs? Justin Hughes reviews Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World by Leif Wenar. So much effort, such little payoff: David Doochin on the 17th-century language that divided everything in the universe into 40 categories.


Jonathan A. Obar (York): The Biggest Lie on the Internet: Ignoring the Privacy Policies and Terms of Service Policies of Social Networking Services. Andrea Peterson on why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to. Online harassment of women at risk of becoming “established norm”, study finds (and more and more). Joel Stein on how trolls are ruining the Internet. Should we feed the trolls? When it comes to reducing online harassment, deeper social change could have a bigger impact than fighting back one jerk at a time. Have comment sections failed? In recent years, many media companies have disabled them because of widespread abuse and obscenity (and more). The secret rules of the Internet: Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly on the murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

The shame game: The Internet has given us a new public square; now law enforcement is trying to harness its power. The meaning of online life: Anna Wiener reviews Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art by Virginia Heffernan. Quentin Hardy interviews Kenneth Goldsmith, author of Wasting Time on the Internet. “I worried people would forget about me”: Can teenagers survive without social media? Instagram is ruining vacation: Eating, praying and loving may be a stated goal of travel — in reality, we seem more obsessed with nabbing the perfect photo. Investigators have been using the social media output of the Rich Kids of Instagram as a starting point for enquiries — so what can we learn from these endless shots of champagne and swimming pools? The CIA is investing in firms that mine your tweets and Instagram photos.

Your political Facebook posts aren’t changing how your friends think. Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard: At some point, there will be more dead Facebook users than living ones — and for those left behind, it is transforming how we experience the death of those around us. Seth Fiegerman on how Yahoo derailed Tumblr — after Marissa Mayer promised “not to screw it up”. Is Twitter making us more productive? The Forrest Gump of the Internet: Ev Williams became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web; now, he’s betting against it. Elizabeth Spiers on how blogging gave us everything we love and hate about the web: What early bloggers feared about the future all came true — and it’s glorious.

Everything good and bad about the web, encapsulated in one perfect thing, on its 25th birthday. All your memes are belong to us: Gene Park, Adriana Usero and Chris Rukan on the top 25 memes of the Web’s first 25 years.


Bren Markey (St. Andrews): Feminist Methodologies in Moral Philosophy. Ignaas Devisch (Ghent): Multiculturalism, or the Vile Logic of Late Secularism: The Case of Anders Breivik. In Argentina, the go-to mental health treatment for kids is Freudian psychoanalysis. Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets. Paul Waldman on how the latest Clinton email story just isn’t a scandal. Clinton Foundation still not criminal, still not great for Hillary. “Does there come a point when the complete lack of wrongdoing suggests the perception of wrongdoing is simply not correct”. Has the Hillary Clinton campaign been lucky or good? Academics, journalists: Everyone is miserable — hug. #Content: Matt Hartman on expanding entertainment, collapsing criticism. What machines know: Jacob Silverman on surveillance anxiety and digitizing the world. Eric Limer goes inside the Internet’s unending quest to kill the GIF.


Mark DeYoung (Rice): Dialectic of Enwhitenment: Biopolitics, Auto-Immunity, Religion and Race in the Modern World. Bridget Byrne (Manchester): Rethinking Intersectionality and Whiteness at the Borders of Citizenship. Anoop Mirpuri (Portland State): Racial Violence, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Neoliberal State. Adam Winkler on how the right to bear arms has mostly been for white people: Gun laws, historically, weren’t colorblind. Alana Semuels on the racist history of Portland, the whitest city in America. The original underclass: Alec MacGillis reviews White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg; and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. Matt Staggs on the “decline” of white Christian America, explained in 4 books.

From Slate, a new app and tax calculate how much money white male privilege is worth. Jonathan Church on how the law of large numbers and Bayes theorem can help us think about the concept of white privilege. Dear fellow white people: White privilege is a thing — and Rio was the perfect example. Jennifer Patrice Sims on the reality of imaginary whiteness. Anna Kegler on the sugarcoated language of white fragility. A study finds white people talk about race on social media way less than black people. Zachary R. Wood on why white people need to talk about racism too. Mira Jacob on a flowchart for people who get defensive when talking about racism.

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