Later this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear argument in one of the more quietly important torture cases to come before the federal courts in the past seven years (if not longer). At issue in Bimenyimana v. … continue »
International and Foreign
On Wednesday night, Saudi Arabia launched a military intervention in Yemen to stop Houthi advances through the country. Calling it “Operation Decisive Storm,” Saudi Arabia acted in coordination with a coalition including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Pakistan and Egypt.… continue »
Part 1 of this post introduced a set of cases against Cisco Systems, which has been sued for being complicit in the design and implementation of China’s Golden Shield surveillance network. The Northern District of California dismissed one such suit on the grounds that it did not overcome the presumption against extraterritoriality first identified in Kiobel.… continue »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is introducing a motion to Parliament today (video here) that would extend Canada’s military mission against the Islamic State for another year and would authorize Canadian airstrikes against the Islamic State inside Syria for the first time.… continue »
Thanks to Rogier Bartels and Kevin Heller for their fascinating debate here and at Opinio Juris on whether the alleged Israeli/U.S. car-bomb operation operation that killed Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah in a Damascus parking lot in 2008 violated the laws of war. … continue »
I read with great interest my friend Rogier Bartels’ long post arguing that it is perfidious to use a bomb planted in a civilian car to kill an enemy soldier. As Rogier notes, the post is his more formal contribution to a recent debate — here and in Opinio Juris — concerning the nature of perfidy involving him, me, Ian Henderson, Ryan Goodman, and Sarah Knuckey.… continue »
On Friday, I concluded that modifying a civilian-looking vehicle into a military object to attack an adversary could indeed amount to perfidy during an international armed conflict. This question was triggered by Ryan Goodman and Sarah Knuckey’s post on the 2008 killing of Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah by the US and Israel where, among other things, they ask how using a car bomb differs from certain other means and methods of surprise attacks.… continue »
This post is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.
In every War College in the world, two core principles of military planning are that “hope is not a plan” and “the enemy gets a vote.” Any plan developed without sensitivity to these two maxims is doomed to fail.… continue »
The Washington Post earlier this year revealed US involvement in a 2008 Israeli operation that killed Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah in a Damascus parking lot. In discussing various legal aspects of the operation, Ryan Goodman and Sarah Knuckey questioned whether the killing amounted to perfidy (and also spawned a Twitter debate with, among others, Mary Ellen O’Connell, who was quoted in The Washington Post as saying that she considered the killing to be perfidy).… continue »
Editors’ note. This piece is a preview of a new article by the authors published in the Spring 2015 issue of Ethics and International Affairs.
Lethal drones are being used unilaterally by states, without sufficient transparency or accountability. This situation will only get worse if no international regime for regulating their use is created.… continue »