will release a survey of American public opinion on United States participation in international courts and tribunals on Thurs., May 11, 1 p.m. at The George Washington University Law School (Jacob Burns Law Library, Tasher Great Room, 716 20th Street NW, 1st Floor). The poll was carried out by the Program on International Policy Attitudes and commissioned by New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.

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The U.S. has been central to the creation and development of international courts and tribunals since the early 1900s. Currently, there is a perception that the U.S. is unwilling to participate in, or comply with, such courts and tribunals as the I.C.C. and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR). Recently, the U.S. has replied to a UNCHR report that assessed the Guantanamo detention camp as violating human rights standards by calling the report “largely without merit” and a “rehash of allegations.”

The poll of the American public will be released and discussed at a luncheon sponsored by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals. The poll probed in depth the issues such as the following: How does the American public evaluate the pros and cons of participation in agreements where international bodies judge the compliance of the U.S.? Do Americans feel the U.S. will get a fair hearing? Do Americans feel that the U.S. should be able to claim an exception, so that its compliance with international law is treated differently? Do Americans accept U.N. findings about Guantanamo and see the U.S. as bound to change its practices, or do they reject this as interference?

  • WHAT: Release of poll on U.S. Participation in International Courts and Tribunals
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • WHERE: The George Washington University Law School, Jacob Burns Law Library, Tasher Great Room, 716 20th Street NW, 1st Floor, (Farragut West Metro - Blue and Orange lines)

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