Podcast: The 3WHH, with Eugene Kontorovich

This special mid-week episode of the Three Whisky Happy Hour originates in Budapest, where John Yoo and I were presenting at a two-day conference on the decay of the rule of law in Europe. You think things are bad with the U.S. judiciary sometimes? It’s much worse over here. (I’ll post some video highlights when they are available.)

In any case, because of the time difference and other challenges, Lucretia couldn’t join us, so we have a guest host holding down her spot (chiefly to maintain the crucial two-against-John ratio), and we have decided to give him his very own Roman-inspired pseudonym, “Hadleius Arkesius.”

We indulge way too much time with our opening banter and general discussion of our experience pondering the problem of the decay of the rule of law before getting to the main event, which is a conversation with Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, who is professor of law at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School, and head of the international law department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, one of Israel’s largest think tanks.  Prof. Kontorovich divides his time between the United States and Israel.

A few weeks back Eugene wrote a bracing article in Tablet on “The Ugly Lessons of October 7,” and we review the article with him along with developments of the last week, such as the move of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our conversation with Eugene begins around the 18 minute mark.

As usual, listen here, or with our hosts at Ricochet, or wherever you source your favorite podcasts.


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