Blog Posts: Law of War

The legal and moral dimensions of a no-fly zone over Syria

Several former foreign-policy officials have proposed a "no-fly zone" over parts of Syria as a way of shielding civilians from attacks by government forces. President Obama and others have criticized the idea as likely to provoke a confrontation with Russia. Whatever the policy merits, a no-fly zone could have some justification in international law.
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No Comments | Posted by John A. Sorenson (Adam) on Wed. March 9, 2016 11:55 AM
Categories: Law of War, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Syria, United Nations

ICC launches first-ever prosecution of former child soldier

Dominic Ongwen was kidnapped at age ten and turned into a child soldier. His prosecution for war crimes is a first for the ICC.
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No Comments | Posted by Samantha L. Heggum on Tue. November 17, 2015 7:15 PM
Categories: Africa, Independence movements, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Law of War, Uganda

Cameron and The Caroline: Are UK drone strikes on ISIS “self-defense”?

An 1837 incident involving Canadian rebels has become a key test for anticipatory self-defense. What does it mean for a recent UK drone strike against ISIS?


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda M. Hayes on Wed. September 23, 2015 9:41 PM
Categories: Insurgency, Islamic State, Law of War, Syria, Terrorism, United Kingdom, United Nations

Killer Robots and the Legal Implications

Crootof details two concerns about autonomous weapons: (1) that the independence of the weapons creates liability issues; and, (2) that a democracy which is immune from feeling the human cost of war, would be emboldened to act and could potentially cause more conflict.


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Posted by Michael Dolan Berry on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:32 AM
Categories: Law of War, South Korea, Symposium, Terrorism

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