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Francis A. Boyle

Professor of Law, A.B. University of Chicago; A.M., J.D., Ph.D. Harvard University. Professor Francis Boyle obtained a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. From 1976-78 he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs. Presently professor, University of Illinois, College of Law.

He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. His book, Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law, has been used successfully in numerous foreign policy protest trials. In 2000, President Aslan Maskhadov appointed Professor Boyle Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria to conduct its legal affairs on a worldwide basis. In that capacity, Professor Boyle brought charges against the Russian Federation at the International Court of Justice for violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Legal Adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (from 1987) and the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine (from 1988) on the creation of the State of Palestine, its accession to the Geneva Conventions and Protocols, invocation of the Uniting for Peace Resolution, admission to the United Nations Organization, etc.

Author, Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, Pub. L. No. 101-298 (1990) (adopted unanimously by both Houses of U.S. Congress).

Counsel to Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez on H. Res. 86, 102d Cong., 1st Sess. (1991) (impeaching President George Bush for Gulf War). Legal Adviser to the Republic of Lithuania under President Vytautas Landsbergis (1991-92). Legal Adviser to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations (1991-93).

General Agent for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Powers before the International Court of Justice by appointment of President Alija Izetbegovic (March 19, 1993 to January 12, 1994). He won two World Court Orders overwhelmingly in favor of Bosnia against the rump Yugoslavia to cease and desist from violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Lawyer for President Alija Izetbegovic, Foreign Minister (later Prime Minister) Haris Silajdzic, and all the Members of the collective Bosnian Presidency, as well as the Leaders of the Bosnian Opposition Parties, during the Owen-Stoltenberg Negotiations in Geneva (1993).

Consultant on Independence, Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission, State of Hawaii (1993).

On 17 May 2000 President Aslan Maskhadov appointed him the Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Powers in order to conduct their legal affairs. Acting pursuant to his instructions, on 1 August 2000 I sued the Russian Federation at the International Court of Justice for violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

The September 2000 issue of the prestigious The International History Review reviewed Professor Boyle's Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations (1898-1922), calling it "a major contribution to this reinterrogation of the past" and "required reading for historians, political scientists, international relations specialists, and policy-makers."

Professor Boyle teaches public international law, international human rights law, jurisprudence, and a seminar on the constitutional law of U.S. foreign affairs.

CV for Boyle on Wikipedia

Francis A. Boyle became a TFF Associate in October 2002.


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Francis Boyle, January 11, 2012
Threatening and waging wars is a violation of international law. Both Iran and the U.S. do!

Francis A. Boyle, March 23, 2011
The UN SC resolution on Libya allows invasion but not occupation

Francis A. Boyle, June 1, 2010
International law and Israel's war on Gaza

Francis A. Boyle, April 6, 2010
Principle confronting power: I Memory of Hans Morgenthau (who died in 1980)

Francis A. Boyle, ZCommunication, January 11, 2009
The United States Promotes Israeli Genocide Against the Palestinians

Francis A. Boyle, Baltimore Indymedia, March 6, 2008
Civil resistance in the age of Bush and Cheney
Civil Resistance to the wrongdoings of U.S. regimes has a long, and honorable, history. In his well documented tome, “Protesting Power: War, Resistance, and Law,” Professor Francis A. Boyle captures the essence of that story. He explains how “civil resistance” differs from “civil disobedience.” He also cites cases, where he was involved as an attorney and/or expert witness.

Francis Boyle, Global Research - November 8, 2007
Bush Threat of World War III: Cuban Missile Crisis Redux
the Neo-Cons in the Bush Jr. administration believe that with the deployment of a facially successful strategic nuclear first-strike capability necessarily including A.B.M.s, the U.S. government could ultimately compel nuclear-armed Russia or China or both to do its bidding during a geopolitical crisis (e.g., over Iran or Cuba again).

Francis Boyle, December 10, 2007
The illegalities of US foreign policy and wars
Boyle's 4-part Bertrand Russell Lectures at McMaster's University in Canada. Few can present the case better than this TFF Associate, with all details and references to the very international law framwork which the Bush administration deliberately and systematically undermines.

Francis A. Boyle - September 2007
Protesting Power
War, resistance, and law

"If you believe Dante may be right, that "the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of moral crisis, remain neutral," you need this book....If you are concerned that our country lives by its Constitution and laws, its often-proclaimed too should read this book....If you cherish freedom, here is your chance to learn how much you have. A person ignorant of her rights has little advantage over those who have none."
- Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General

Francis A. Boyle, March 30, 2007
For Iran and the U.K. - Invoke the 1899 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement now

Francis A. Boyle, December 29, 2006
Warning that the US is becoming a police state
Prof Boyle says 9/11 was allowed to happen, war on terror is facilitating the downfall of The Republic, concentration camps are in place and US citizens are the targets. Read and listen to him.

Francis A. Boyle, November 15, 2006
Palestine Independence Day
An appropriate day to remind the world that when the Palestine National Council in 1988 declared Palestine an independent state, it explicitly accepted a two-state solution. As a former legal adviser to that Council, Boyle states "unequivocally that if there had been good faith on the part of the governments of Israel and the United States back in 1991, there could have been negotiated a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement."

Francis A. Boyle, August 12, 2006
The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam
Public lecture at the Perdana Global Peace Forum 2006.
Bringing together a macro perspective in time and space and an indirect background to the events in Lebanon. From Information Clearing House.

Francis A. Boyle, May 14, 2006
Impeach President Bush!
At Broadcast 05/05/06 Talk Nation Radio
Boyle makes clear what is at stake. The law professor and TFF Associate argues for the use of impeachment to remove Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Rumsfeld before they can take us into another war in Iran and farther along into an American police state. He also discusses the legal implications of the destruction of Fallujah and the fact that George Bush has said that there are 700 laws he is not going to enforce.
Other articles by Francis A. Boyle here.

Francis A. Boyle, September 22, 2005
About his book "Palestine, Palestinians and International Law"

The legal elite and the Iraq war: The Nazis had their law professors, too.

Civil resistance and prevention of state crimes

Boyle's two books are
Destroying World Order. U.S. Imperialism in the Middle East Before and After September 11 and
Defending Civil Resistance under International Law

On impeachment of George W. Bush - and related matters (interview)

De Internationale Love om Krigssmæssig Besættelse

The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation

O Little Town of Bethlehem (CounterPunch)

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists

Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law. Using International Law to Clarify and Resolve the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Flashback: US War Crimes during the Gulf War

The Rogue Elephant

Letter from US citizens to friends in Europe

Bush nuclear policy violates international law. Again










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