Arms Control and Non-proliferation

The Use of Force Against a Nuclear Threat from Iran

Assuming efforts to achieve a negotiated resolution do not succeed, President Obama has made clear that the military option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons remains on the table. Under what circumstance would the exercise of that option be consistent with domestic and international law? If the Security Council is blocked by Russia and China, what actions can the US or NATO take? Would authorization of the Congress be necessary? What about action by Israel?

Support for the Syrian Insurgency: What UN and International Norms Apply?

This course is the last installment of three programs in a series cosponsored by the American Society of International Law in partnership with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s International Law Committee to address the issue of the use of force. When is it permissible? What is the role of the UN and how can it be carried out?

Legality of Intervention in Syria in Response to Chemical Weapon Attacks

Introduction

The increasing conviction that the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria has used chemical weapons in an attack with many civilian casualties raises the question: what military response may the outside world legally take without the authority of the UN Security Council?

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Kenneth Anderson
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International Law Issues in the Department of Justice White Paper on Targeted Killing

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David Kaye
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The Law That Applies to Autonomous Weapon Systems

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Jeffrey S. Thurnher
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September 11 Inspired Aviation Counter-Terrorism Convention and Protocol Adopted

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Damien van der Toorn
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Suppressing Somali Piracy – Next Steps

Introduction

This Insight reports further efforts to suppress piracy off the coast of Somalia since Agora: Piracy Prosecutions—Countering Piracy off Somalia: International Law and International Institutions was prepared for the July 2010 issue of the American Journal of International Law.[1]

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J. Ashley Roach
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The UN Mapping Report Documenting Serious Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Cecile Aptel
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The International Law of Drones

Introduction

When humans first launched themselves into the air to attack their enemies, they used balloons. Later came planes and helicopters. The latest development in the area of airborne attacks takes the human operator out of the air. People may operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) thousands of miles from the drone’s location.[1]

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Mary Ellen O’Connell
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