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No Predictability, No Peace!

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  National Security Law & Policy, Public Security  /  No Comments

By Ciprian Ivanof The risk of public disorder demands a re-evaluation of the legal framework National Guard forces and the public trust rely on. We live in an age of political uncertainty, violence, and a resulting deep need for predictability. One way we seek to address such things is with model state codes. Model State […]

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Coming Home Again: Prisoner Release in Light of the Geneva Convention

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Featured, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Torture  /  Comments Off on Coming Home Again: Prisoner Release in Light of the Geneva Convention

By Kara Kozikowski   The face of warfare in the past century has been nothing if not ever evolving. Throughout the past hundred years, armed conflicts have taken a more modern and more irregular form, and the issues that arise from them may not be matters that are easily resolved in the laws of war […]

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UNCLOS Arbitration Award in the South China Sea Dispute

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Foreign Relations, Law of the Sea, News & Events  /  No Comments

By Ryan Poitras Background: In June 2016, the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal handed out its final award in Philippines v. China. The dispute centers around various islands and maritime zones in the South China Sea, specifically in the Spratly archipelago [1]. China’s “nine-dash line” is based on a map of the South China […]

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Punitive Strikes, Keeping the Seas Safe

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Featured, International Law, International Security, Law of the Sea, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Trending Topics  /  Comments Off on Punitive Strikes, Keeping the Seas Safe

  By Prescott Heighton Freedom of the seas and their safe navigation has been a fundamental principle of American international relations since the nation’s inception. It ensures the ability of American merchants to access markets overseas, thus helping secure our economy, and ultimately provide security and stability for the nation. The Quasi-War and the Barbary […]

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Sunset Provisions: Providing Parameters for the Use of Military Force

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  AUMF, Featured, Global War on Terror, National Security Law  /  Comments Off on Sunset Provisions: Providing Parameters for the Use of Military Force

By Anthony Bjelke A recent article in The New Yorker examined the difficulties associated with defining America’s War on Drugs. As a preamble to its examination of the topic, it stated: “The United States has declared war on cancer, on pornography and on terror, and the lesson to be gleaned from those campaigns is that, […]

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