The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the possibility of war crimes trials for the Bush administration, Sen. Cornyn’s attempted obstruction of Attorney General nominee Eric Holder on the basis of the threat of prosecution for former administration members, the appointment of Horton’s former colleagues from the Balkinization blog to the Office of Legal Council and other high level Justice Department positions, the possibility of prosecutions by foreign courts under “universal jurisdiction,” the newly-stated willingness of House Speaker Pelosi to pursue investigations into the torture programs, the future of the Guantanamo detainees and ghost prisoners, and the inadmissibility of statements obtained through torture.
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Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor of Harper’s magazine and writes the blog No Comment. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.