Blog Posts: Max P. Biedermann

Max P. Biedermann

al-Shahaab Raid Justified by AUMF

On October 5, 2013, US Navy SEALS conducted a raid to capture Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, a Kenyan national, in Somalia. Abdikadir is a senior member of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Considering that U.S. embassy operations are currently suspended in Somalia, and the United States is not engaged in a military conflict with Somalia outside of performing support obligations to the Africa Union through NATO, under what authority was the United States acting?

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No Comments | Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Wed. February 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: African Union, AUMF, Customary International Law, Kenya, Somalia, Syria

Free Trade Deal Reached Between Canada and European Union

After four years of negotiating, the European Union and Canada agreed to terms on a free trade deal on October 18, 2013. In 2012 the European Commission estimated that nearly 116 billion U.S. dollars of trade in goods and services was conducted between the two parties. As a result, the European Union is Canada’s second largest trading partner. Approval of the deal by the European Parliament and its member states is pending, as is federal and provincial approval in Canada.

Once the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is approved, 99 percent of tariffs between the European Union and Canada will be removed. For example, “the 10 per cent EU tariff on passenger vehicles will be eliminated, as will tariffs on auto parts which run up to 4.5 per cent.” If retailers pass these savings on to consumers, this will mean that Canadians will pay substantially less for items including food, wines and spirits, and European cars. Canadian businesses will also benefit from this deal. For example, the Canadian agricultural industry will be able to export products such wheat, maple syrup, pork, and beef duty free to the European Union. With increased exports, Canadian businesses are expected to create more jobs. The government in Ontario, for example, estimates that CETA will lead to the creation of 30,000 jobs throughout the province.

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No Comments | Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Tue. November 5, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Canada, European Union, Free Trade

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