Scott Horton Interviews Francis Boyle

Scott Horton, May 17, 2012

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Francis A. Boyle, Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the conviction of former President Bush, Dick Cheney and six members of the administration for war crimes (in absentia, in a Malaysian court); why the “torture memos,” concocted by John Yoo and Jay Bybee, amount to criminal conspiracy and can’t be excused as legal counsel; the Ninth Circuit Court’s questionable rejection of Jose Padilla’s torture suit against Yoo; evidence that the Obama administration hasn’t closed the secret prisons or stopped torture; and Boyle’s pending case in the International Criminal Court against the Bush administration’s primary actors.

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Francis Boyle is a Professor and scholar in the areas of international law and human rights. He is the author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions: Alternative Media InterviewsPalestine, Palestinians and International Law, and other publications.

Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs. He also practiced tax and international tax with Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston.

He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. His Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law (Rowman & Littlefield Inc. 2007) has been used successfully in anti-war protest trials. In the September 2000 issue of the prestigious The International History Review, Professor Boyle’s Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations (1898-1922) was proclaimed as “a major contribution to this reinterrogation of the past” and “required reading for historians, political scientists, international relations specialists, and policy-makers.” That book was translated into Korean and published in Korea in 2003 by Pakyoungsa Press.

As an internationally recognized expert, Professor Boyle serves as counsel to  Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine. He also represents two associations of citizens within Bosnia and has been instrumental in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Professor Boyle is Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, conducting its legal affairs on a worldwide basis. Over his career, he has represented national and international bodies including the Blackfoot Nation (Canada), the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation, as well as numerous individual death penalty and human rights cases. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare.

From 1991-92, Professor Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, as well as  a consultant to the American Friends Services Committee, and on the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. That story is told in his book Biowarfare and Terrorism (Clarity Press: 2005).

In 2001 he was selected to be the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Lecturer by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada. In 2007 he became the Bertrand Russell Peace Lecturer at McMaster University in Canada. Professor Boyle is listed in the current edition of  Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Currently Professor Boyle lectures on international law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

8 Responses to “Francis Boyle”

  1. What is a mock trial? I suggest that the trials the US holds against accused terrorists and whistle blowers are mock trials, if and when there is even the opportunity for a trial.

    If the US can get away with torturing foreigners, isn´t it fair that its citizens receive the same treatment? Shouldn´t the scale of justice be balanced? Why all the outrage when the same tactics are applied to Americans? The indignation should come because our government tortures, renditions, or assassinates human beings, because it is committing war crimes against other human beings, and not a different standard when it is done to Americans. The distiction should never be made. There is even a point of justice when it all creeps back into the homeland – what is good for the goose should be totally acceptable by the gander, no?

  2. Who supervises Empire USA and the corporate rich who hand pick the paid actor politicians who rule USA? No one, and that is why a fake morality and pure corruption is trhe premise upon which our nation was founded upon.

  3. If this guy went after Milosevic, he is fully discredited in my opinion.

  4. Thank you professor Boyle!

  5. Of course you are right. The whole foundation of the U.S. system is/was supposedly the recognition of natural (law) inalienable rights and moral equality that belong to ALL human beings.

  6. My compliments to Boyle. We should all applaud his international legal efforts against the former Chickenhawk-in-Chief/Torturer-in-Chief/Wiretapper-in-Chief and his supporting cast of cretins.

    No doubt Boyle's realistic about his chances with the International Criminal Court. The ICC is willing to go after small, powerless nations, but it doesn't hear complaints against the U.S. and Israel.

  7. No, you are.

  8. Our wars of greed — Caused by legalizing greed

    Declaration of Independence
    “all men are created equal… they
    are endowed by their Creator with certain
    unalienable Rights… the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Above is a fake religion, the teaching that everyone was created with an equal ability to produce wealth, therefore everyone must have an equal opportunity to compete for wealth.

    Truth is, since the beginning of civilization the rich nobility have been ruling nations and hoarding wealth, all because nature has endowed them with twice the intelligence of us less equal beings.

    Fact is, happiness is not the pursuit of wealth, glory and rule, but the pursuit of compassion, pity and benevolence in a way that produces a grateful response.

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