ASIL Cables

By: Beth Van Schaack | April 16, 2015 | 02:30 PM EDT

The impending activation of the Kampala amendments to the Statute of the International Criminal Court on the crime of aggression was the subject of a session at this year’s Annual Meeting.  Chaired by Professor Michael J. Matheson of George Washington University Law School, the panel featured presentations by Sarah Sewall, Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State; Christine Hansen of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mort Halperin of the Open Society Foundations;...

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By: Rebecca Hamilton | April 16, 2015 | 10:45 AM EDT

On April 10, Aaron Fellmeth, Arizona State University College of Law, moderated a well-attended interdisciplinary round-table entitled “Overloading Human Rights Law.”

Fellmeth framed up the topic for the participants, asking whether human rights is already overloaded, and whether additional issues that get posited – from animal rights to internet access--threaten its...

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By: Jennifer Trahan | April 15, 2015 | 12:00 PM EDT

On Saturday, April 11, Michael Van Alstine (University of Maryland) moderated a panel on “Comparative Perspectives on Executive Unilateralism in Foreign Affairs.”  The panelists were Rebecca Ingber (Columbia Law School), Shiri Krebs (Stanford University), Heinz Klug (University of Wisconsin) and Gavin Phillipson (Durham University).  They examined the scope of executive power, respectively, in the United States, Israel, South African and the UK.

Rebecca Ingber started by examining the U.S. perspective on executive unilateral...

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By: Jennifer Trahan | April 15, 2015 | 11:45 AM EDT

On Friday, April 11, Stephen W. Preston, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, delivered a keynote speech entitled “The Legal Framework for the United States’ Use of Military Force since 9/11.”

The speech examined four topics:  (1) the legal framework for U.S. use of military force post- 9/11; (2) the legal basis for current operations against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL; (3) the end of the U.S. combat...

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