By Ejim Dike and Azadeh Shahshahani
This election year, a number of our presidential hopefuls seem to acknowledge that the criminal legal system is broken. What is not discussed is that current civil rights laws are simply insufficient for addressing the systemic racism ingrained in our legal system. As we join the world in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, it is time to consider using international human rights law to address the gaps in our system. Presidential candidates should commit that if elected, they will ensure full implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a treaty that the United States has ratified.