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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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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
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    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
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    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

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    The Big Picture

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.

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