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The Social Cost of International Investment Agreements: The Case of Cigarette Packaging

| June 2018
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In this essay, Jennifer L. Tobin argues that international investment agreements impinge on states’ domestic regulatory sovereignty in unforeseen ways, and that these hidden social costs are normatively problematic.

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<i>EIA</i> Interview on Crime and Global Justice with Daniele Archibugi

EIA Interview on Crime and Global Justice with Daniele Archibugi

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Adam Read-Brown talks with Daniele Archibugi about selectivity, “winners justice,” and the perceived legitimacy international criminal tribunals.

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

| December 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 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 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 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 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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