Tag: international law

The Ethics of Trump’s Foreign Policy vs. Obama’s Long Game

| April 2016

Much of the reaction to Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech, beyond the campaign-related questions of whether this address makes him look more presidential or electable, has focused on whether he offered coherent policy proposals. What I would like to do is briefly address the question of the ethics behind the foreign policy vision in those remarks.

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Mulligans in The Golf Game of International Law

| May 2014

Over the past several years, it seems that international law really is in the eye of the beholder—and that some states have less consistency in how they choose to apply the rules in governing their international behavior.

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International Law and Cyberwar: A Response to The Ethics of Cyberweapons

| February 2014

The Tallinn Manual has been widely accepted as a generally accurate restatement of the international law governing cyber operations during an armed conflict or a hostile exchange between States.

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On Law, Policy, and (Not) Bombing Syria

On Law, Policy, and (Not) Bombing Syria

| September 2013

The question of whether the US should use its military against Assad is separate from the questions of legal interpretation. The legal question does not address the likely consequences of the use of force.

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Whales, Law, and Science: Australia v. Japan at the ICJ

Whales, Law, and Science: Australia v. Japan at the ICJ

| July 2013

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) met recently to begin hearing its most prominent case in years. It pits two heavyweights, Australia and Japan, against each other.

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Libya and Responsibility to Protect: Great-Power Permission or International Obligation?

| May 2012

The military attack on Libya in 2011 has rightly been interpreted as a significant milestone in the life of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.  It is the first UN military mission explicitly justified as a reaction to a government’s failure to live up its responsibility to protect its citizens.  R2P activists have celebrated that it […]

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