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Trump’s Threat of Destruction of North Korea and Proportionate Defensive Force: An Assessment of Similar Observations in Legal Scholarship and US Practice

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
by Sina Etezazian

by Sina Etezazian [Sina Etezazian serves as Digest of State Practice Regional Coordinator for the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law. He recently completed his PhD at Monash University. His doctoral thesis was titled “Ambiguities Regarding the Necessity and Proportionality Criteria for the Exercise of Self-Defense in International Law”. In 2017, he […]

Some Thoughts on Negotiating a Treaty on Autonomous Weapon Systems

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
by Maziar Homayounnejad

by Maziar Homayounnejad [Maziar Homayounnejad is currently a PhD researcher at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. His research primarily focuses on law of armed conflict aspects of autonomous weapon systems, with a secondary focus on arms control and non-proliferation.] On November 13-17, 2017, the UN, acting under the auspices of the […]

Why the New Weapons Amendments (Should) Apply to Non-States Parties

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
by Kevin Jon Heller

by Kevin Jon Heller Although aggression received most of the attention at the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) last month, the ASP also adopted a series of amendments to Art. 8 of the Rome Statute, the war-crimes provision, prohibiting the use of three kinds of weapons in both international armed conflict (IAC) and non-international armed conflict […]

Events and Announcements: December 31, 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017
by Jessica Dorsey

by Jessica Dorsey Call for Papers The Frankfurt Max Planck Institute for European Legal History will be hosting “Key Biographies in the Legal History of European Union 1950-1993” on 21-22 June 2018 and have issued a call for papers. “Legal History of the European Union” is a recently established research field at the Max Planck […]

How Did Carter Page Get a PhD from SOAS?

Friday, December 22, 2017
by Kevin Jon Heller

by Kevin Jon Heller The Guardian is reporting today that Carter Page — Donald Trump’s bumbling former foreign-policy advisor, who has been interviewed quite extensively by the FBI regarding his contacts with Russia — earned a PhD from SOAS in 2011 after failing his defence twice. Here are some snippets from the story: Page first submitted his […]

Cyber Operations and GCII Obligations to “Respect and Protect”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
by Jeffrey Biller

by Jeffrey Biller [Jeffrey Biller, Lt Col, USAF, is the Associate Director for the Law of Air, Space and Cyber Operations at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, US Naval War College.] The use of hospital ships in wartime has always been a contentious issue. Although serving a humanitarian need recognized by […]

Article 18 Mechanism

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
by Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein

by Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein [Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein is a Lecturer and PhD Researcher at Tilburg University.] On 9th November 2017, the Judges at PTC III of the International Criminal Court sprung a great surprise by unsealing an unexpected decision, thereby authorizing the Prosecutor to open a full investigation into the situation in the Republic of Burundi. […]