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Doe v. Cisco: The Legal Issues

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 »

No, Disguising Military Equipment As Civilian Objects to Help Kill Isn’t Perfidy

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 »

Killing With Military Equipment Disguised as Civilian Objects is Perfidy, Part II

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 »

Preparing for Cyber War: A Clarion Call

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 »

Killing With Military Equipment Disguised as Civilian Objects is Perfidy

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 »

It’s Time for an International Drone Accountability Regime

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 »