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Syria and chemical weapons laws

By   /  December 27, 2012  /  Featured, International Law, International Security, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

So what are the chemical weapons laws President Obama is speaking of? The fear of chemical weapons predated their manufacture. International law first proscribed chemical warfare at the Hague Conference of 1899; this banned the use of asphyxiating shells even though no such weapon had yet been developed.[] At the Brussels Conference in 1874, the […]

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Tossing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Avoiding Protectionism While Using Existing Law to Safeguard Against Counterfeit Chinese Goods

By   /  December 26, 2012  /  Featured  /  No Comments

BACKGROUND: The practice of counterfeiting has been a marketplace problem for centuries. Whenever an original product has a marketable value, there will likely always be those who seek to attain the superior value of the original attached to an inferior, imitated product. Thus, it should come as no real surprise that in today‚Äôs economic marketplace, […]

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CEJA: An Attempt to Clarify Federal Jurisdiction for Civilian Contractors who Commit Crimes Overseas

By   /  December 25, 2012  /  Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, UCMJ  /  No Comments

The general rule is that contractors protect and mercenaries fight. Usually, contractors are not trained by their companies. Most have military backgrounds. They must meet a contract requirement before the United States can train them. Contractors working with the U.S. military are designated as noncombatants who have no combat immunity under international law if they […]

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U.S.-Iran Sanctions

By   /  December 23, 2012  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

On December 7th, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extended exemptions from

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The Necessity of a Federal Law for the Prosecution of Foreign Combatants

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  Counterterrorism, Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Terrorist Trials, Trending Topics, UCMJ  /  No Comments

The trend of warfare in the last century speaks to future conflicts continuing to be less traditional and involving questions that are perhaps not adequately addressed by the Geneva Conventions and the laws of war. Two such questions, how to detain non-state fighters and how to prosecute them, are already being grappled with in the […]

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