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Experts Challenge Legality of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan

By   /  October 23, 2010  /  Experts, News & Events, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In the past week, U.N. investigators and law professors alike have spoken out concerning the CIA-directed drone strikes on al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, argued in a report to the U.N. General Assembly that this program raised serious and unexamined concerns regarding the […]

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Bellinger Op-Ed in Sunday NYT, Claims Bush and Obama Similar on Int'l Law

By   /  February 18, 2010  /  Experts, Foreign Relations, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events  /  No Comments

In a Sunday Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, John Bellinger, partner at Arnold & Porter (and former Bush State Dept. lawyer) asserted that Obama’s general approach to international law has thus far been similar to Bush’s. Two of the critical things Bellinger cites are the administrative difficulties that have slowed the closing of […]

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WCL's Kenneth Anderson on Nat'l Journal Targeted Killings Issues

By   /  January 13, 2010  /  Experts, News & Events, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Last week at Opiniojuris.org, WCL Professor Kenneth Anderson discussed and linked to two National Journal articles on UAV killings. The articles discuss the Obama Administration’s greatly increased use of UAVs and growing legal concerns surrounding targeted killings. In his blog commentary, Anderson suggested that both are essential reading, with the latter article serving as good […]

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NYT Op-Ed on US-China Relations; Obama's China Visit

By   /  November 18, 2009  /  Experts, Foreign Relations, National Security Law & Policy  /  No Comments

Given China’s important (and sometimes stifling) role in the UN Security Council, its leadership role in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and its critical trade and political relations with Iran, this rising East Asian power has a number of diplomatic levers it can pull to enhance its position. In some political circles, there is trepidation […]

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Appeals Court Rejects Suit in Arar Rendition Case

By   /  November 12, 2009  /  Experts, Torture  /  No Comments

  The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, delivered a ruling on November 2, 2009, holding that Mr. Arar cannot seek civil damages from federal government officials because Congress has not authorized damages for a violation of the Torture Victim Protection Act. The Court declined to allow a Bivens action against federal […]

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