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Legally Fighting Foreign Entities

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law  /  No Comments

Is it legal for a U.S. citizen to fight for a foreign entity? Yes, under certain guidelines and restrictions. I will analyze the relevant statutes and attempt to answer the question through the use of a particularly interesting vignette featuring a U.S. citizen who has gone abroad to fight in a foreign conflict. Mr. Dean […]

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Targeted Killings: The Blurry Lines of Applicable Legal Frameworks in the Context of Global Terrorism

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  AUMF, Counterterrorism, Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Remote Targeting  /  No Comments

Is it legal to use Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology to target and kill people suspected of terrorist activities? The short answer: it depends. The ever-expanding technology used in combat, married with the transnational arena in which wars are now waged has compelled lawmakers to reconsider traditional customs and laws that govern war. The interplay […]

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Exploring the President's Draft AUMF

By   /  March 1, 2015  /  AUMF, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

President Obama sent to Congress on February 11 his draft proposal for a joint resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL”) for the next three years.[1]  In addition to granting the President the legal authority to use military force against ISIL, the draft resolution rescinds […]

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The AUMF Draft Notes – President Promises to Eat His Broccoli

By   /  February 21, 2015  /  AUMF, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

For months, national security law experts have quietly and not–so–quietly complained that the President’s legal rationale to conduct operations against the Islamic State was rather flimsy.  Based largely on an “outdated” 2001 AUMF, the President claimed the authority to conduct operations against ISIL, an organization that had publicly split from al Qaeda.  So naturally, these critics were […]

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Fall Symposium – 2001/2 AUMF and ISIS

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  AUMF, Counterterrorism, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, News & Events  /  No Comments

Please join the National Security Law Brief and a panel of experts on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm for an in depth discussion of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force and how they relate to the current operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  Featuring […]

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