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A Practically Informed Morality of War: Just War, International Law, and a Changing World Order

| December 8, 2017
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Just war, international law, and world order are all historically conditioned realities that interrelate with one another in complex ways. This essay explores their historical development and current status while critically examining their interrelationship.

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On the Relationship Between the Ethics and the Law of War: Cyber Operations and Sublethal Harm

| December 8, 2017
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This essay examines the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare in order to illustrate the importance of both ethical and legal perspectives on norms governing the initiation and conduct of a new form of interstate conflict.

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Rising Powers, Responsibility, and International Society

| September 8, 2017
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This article examines statements made by rising powers Brazil, China, and India in UN Security Council meetings between 2011 and 2016 to identify their perspectives on which international actors are responsible and what constitutes responsible action. Gaskarth then analyzes these statements in light of English School theory on responsibility and international society.

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“Utopian in the Right Sense”: The Responsibility to Protect and the Logical Necessity of Reform

| September 8, 2017
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In this article, Aidan Hehir writes that claims made about the success of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) echo the pejorative conceptions of “utopianism” as advanced by E. H. Carr and Ken Booth. In order to revive RtoP, Hehir suggests a potential reform of the existing international legal order that meets Carr’s preference for normative thinking that is “utopian in the right sense.”

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<i>Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War</i> by Orde Kittrie

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War by Orde Kittrie

| September 8, 2017
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Orde Kittrie’s impressive new book describes the various uses of law to accomplish military aims in international affairs. It offers a systematic, detailed, and visionary synthesis and should be required reading for any military strategist or scholar of armed conflict.

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Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

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Recently there have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation of El Salvador. What lessons can be learned, and can nations and activists build on these two victories?

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Securing Protection for De Facto Refugees: The Case of Central America’s Northern Triangle

| June 9, 2017
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The Northern Triangle of Central America is one of the most violent regions of the world. However, those fleeing the violence are unable to find adequate protection either within their own countries, in the broader region, or internationally. This essay calls for updating the definition of the term “refugee” under international law, as well as greater domestic recognition of the violence.

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Rebirth of Universal Jurisdiction?

| May 4, 2017
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A recent NGO report documented a 30 percent rise in universal jurisdiction cases worldwide just when it seemed like the principle was on the decline. What’s driving this resurgence and what are the implications?

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