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News Roundup and Notes: November 26, 2014

Today’s News Roundup will be our last for the remainder of this week, as we are off Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. From the entire Just Security Team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. The News Roundup will be back in your inbox on Monday morning. …   continue »

The Global Reach of the U.S. Position on Torture

The U.S. government’s public pronouncement that the Convention Against Torture (CAT) applies beyond U.S. borders and in situations of armed conflict—its unequivocal “yes” that torture is prohibited as a matter of law anytime and anywhere—turns an important historical page. In her opening statement before the Committee Against Torture and in response to questions posed by the Committee, Acting State Department Legal Adviser Mary McLeod clarified the U.S.…   continue »

Senator Rand Paul’s Proposed Declaration of War and AUMF against ISIL

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has released a proposal to declare war against the Islamic State and authorize the use of military force against it. In relevant part, Paul’s joint resolution would authorize and direct the President:

to use the Armed Forces of the United States to protect the people and facilities of the United States in Iraq and Syria against the threats posed thereto by the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL—Clarification on Sunset Provision

On Monday, a group of eight legal experts, including some Just Security editors and some not, released a document entitled, ”Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL.” The purpose of the document is to help guide Congress and the Executive in drafting a pragmatic and principled force authorization.…   continue »

Avoiding Unnecessary Wars and Preserving Accountability: Principles for an ISIL-Specific AUMF

Earlier today, a group of legal experts–including Rosa Brooks, Sarah Cleveland, Jen Daskal, Walter Dellinger, Harold Koh, and Marty Lederman–released a set of “Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL.” As two of the drafters of these Principles, we wanted to elaborate upon their content.…   continue »

Passing the Senate Gavels

Editors’ NoteThe following post is the tenth installment of a new feature, “Monday Reflections,” in which a different Just Security editor will take an in-depth look at the big stories from the previous week and/or a look ahead to key developments on the horizon.…   continue »