Scott Horton

War Crimes Prosecutions


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.

MP3 here. (35:08)

Thanks to Anders Knight for the YouTube here.

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.

16 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Well, this interview gave me the slightest hope that even a little good might come in the near future. I hope Scott’s optimism on this issue beats out my pessimism that we’ll just have more of the same.

  2. If we look at the increasing Obama curveball rhetoric, his support from the big boys backing the past admin., and the diminishing of his earlier promises, there will be no official response to demands for calling the Bushies to account.
    We can expect a few international trials, but those countries have no extradition treaties with Texas or Paraguay

  3. For the fashionably cynical who are bashing Obama:

    For one, he’s only been in office two-three days. For another, he hasn’t been shy about calling torture what it is: torture. And hasn’t been shy about saying it more than once.

    Let’s give the guy a chance to begin the release of Bushit criminal enterprise documents which have been suppressed. Let’s see what’s in those, and the demand for investigation, etc., increase as result.

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  4. I favor investigating the former Liar-in-Chief and his supporting cast. Our treaty obligations–not to mention the “rule of law”–demand no less.

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