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Pressure on Jordan: Refusal to extradite mastermind of deadly 2001 Sbarro suicide bombing in Jerusalem contravenes international law and agreements

By   /  October 28, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, Experts, Featured, Foreign Relations, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, News & Events, Terrorist Trials  /  No Comments

By Michelle Munneke, J.D. 2017, American University Washington College of Law. In March of this year, Jordan expressed its refusal to extradite the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro restaurant bombing in Jerusalem, Ahlam Ahmad Al-Tamimi, to the United States to face charges.[1] The attack killed 15 people, including two Americans, and injured another 122, […]

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The Washington Post Editorial Board Reads the Lawfare Blog

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  Editorial Commentary, Experts, Featured, International Law, National Security Law  /  No Comments

By Kenneth Anderson Jack Goldsmith and Benjamin Wittes have been arguing for several days now at the Lawfare blog that the Obama administration should release either the Justice Department opinion approving the Al-Awlaki attack, suitably redacted, or some statement that puts out in some detail it’s legal reasoning. The Washington Post has evidently read those […]

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Why Palestinian Statehood is a Question for the U.N.

By   /  September 22, 2011  /  Experts, Featured, Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security, Secrecy  /  No Comments

As the Palestinians seek U.N. support for a state of their own, Washington has advanced two arguments to dissuade them: first, that taking the issue of statehood to the United Nations is a unilateral move away from negotiations with Israel; and second, that the effort will be counterproductive because the United States will veto any […]

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Wikileaks, the Espionage Act, and the First Amendment: The Law, Politics, and Policy of Prosecuting Julian Assange

By   /  January 11, 2011  /  Experts, News & Events  /  Comments Off on Wikileaks, the Espionage Act, and the First Amendment: The Law, Politics, and Policy of Prosecuting Julian Assange

On January 11, 2011, American University National Security Law Brief faculty advisors Daniel Marcus and Steven Vladeck participated in a featured event on the legal aspects of the WikiLeaks controversy and the applicability of the Espionage Act. In the days prior to the event, Professor Marcus also discussed the key issues involved on MSNBC’s The […]

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Is “National Security Law” Inherently Paradoxical?

By   /  January 10, 2011  /  Experts, National Security Law  /  No Comments

By Stephen Vladek I’m perhaps the last person who should be asking the question at the heart of this essay—whether “national security law” really deserves to be its own independent field of study, and, in that vein, an appropriate subject for field-specific publications such as this one. I offer this caveat at the outset not […]

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