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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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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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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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In Defense of Using Force Against Iran's Nuclear Program

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Nuclear Nonproliferation  /  No Comments

Iran’s nuclear weapons program is inextricably linked to the national security of the United States.  The program first came under international scrutiny when the IAEA passed a resolution demanding that Iran suspend all enrichment activity in September 2003[1].  Since then, Iran has defied demands by nearly every world power to abandon or limit its program, […]

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