AJIL Unbound

By: David Zaring | August 05, 2014 | 09:30 AM EDT

The globalization of administration is the most interesting thing happening in both administrative and international law. Richard Stewart’s article in the April 2014 issue of the American Journal of International Law is a brilliant tour of the horizon of the problems and prospects of this sort of lawmaking. It reflects the work he has done, along with Benedict Kingsbury, as a member of the Global Administrative Law (GAL) Project, housed...

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By: Mary Ellen O’Connell | August 04, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

Tom Ruys’s article in the latest issue of the American Journal of International Law is an erudite study of the prohibition on the use of force in UN Charter Article 2(4). Ruys makes many points with which I wholeheartedly agree. In note 241, he says that the case for cross-border drone attacks by the United States “verges on stretching criteria for necessity, proportionality, and armed attack to the point of absurdity . . . .” He is also right to reject emerging claims that the...

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By: Henry Richardson | July 23, 2014 | 10:15 AM EDT


Larry Johnson’s essay on the UN General Assembly’s Uniting for Peace resolution (UFP) is a useful general analysis of issues arising from UN Security Council Permanent Member veto-paralysis. His essay, which focuses on the text of the original Resolution, is directed at asking whether the UFP retains a current “useful purpose.” Relying on a text-centric interpretation of the presence or absence of subsequent invocations of the...

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By: Boris N. Mamlyuk | July 21, 2014 | 12:15 PM EDT

Larry Johnson’s timely and important essay challenges both utopian and realist accounts of UN law and practice by reviving the debate over the nature and functions of the UN General Assembly, particularly the General Assembly’s power to deploy certain legal tactics not only to influence collective security deliberations in the UN Security Council, but also, more significantly, to provide some legal justification for multilateral military “collective measures” in...

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