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Worth Reading On Syria

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Monday, September 2, 2013 at 6:12 AM

A few items that are in my opinion worth a read: Opinio Juris is having an insta-symposium on Syria.  I recommend in particular Marty Lederman’s two posts on the relevance of the U.N. Charter to the coming authorization debate in Congress.  (Largely overlooked in the President’s speech on Saturday was his back-of-the hand dismissal of . . .
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Philip Bobbitt on Syria

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Philip Bobbitt has an interesting piece from yesterday that compares the different British and American outlooks on confrontation with Syria, and recommends a course of action in Washington.  He notes that the Brits conceptualized Syria primarily in humanitarian intervention terms, while the Americans are more focused on credibility and red lines, and he sketches the . . .
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Philip Bobbitt on the Snowden Affair

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Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Philip Bobbitt (Columbia Law School, and the author of, among many other things, Terror and Consent) writes in: Three thoughts on the Snowden matter. First, Snowden’s strongest point: how can the government claim it closely monitors access to the information it collects when a person like him can steal a trove like this?  The answer, I suspect, is that . . .
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A Conversation, An Idea, and An Experiment

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Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM

For the past few months, I have been thinking about how Lawfare might do more to bring readers information from non-lawyers with expertise critical to national security law and lawyering the modern age. To be a good national security lawyer these days, you don’t just need to know about the law. You have to know about Pakistan, . . .
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Hoover Task Force Short Essays #5, #6, and #7

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:37 AM

I’ve fallen behind in linking to the short essays being published by the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. The latest come from Tod Lindberg, Amy Zegart, and Philip Bobbitt. Lindberg’s essay, entitled “Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect” opens as follows: At the 2005 United Nations World Summit, member states . . .
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Philip Bobbitt on the Individual Mandate and . . . Bioterrorism

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Columbia legal scholar Philip Bobbitt just sent in this fascinating article on the constitutionality of the individual mandate as justified by biosecurity. If that sounds like a bit of a non-sequitur, well, take a look at the piece. Written in the form of an amicus brief–and, just to be clear, it isn’t a real amicus brief–it . . .
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Philip Bobbitt on Leaks and Legal Rationales

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Columbia law professor Philip Bobbitt, author of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, writes in with the following comments in response to my comments on the Charlie Savage story: I don’t know if this is a “middle way” but I would have preferred that the Administration take the position that an internal . . .
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Against a Crude Balance

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Those who enjoyed my two recent posts reflecting on Benjamin Franklin’s and Robert Jackson’s comments on the liberty-security relationship, may enjoy the larger piece of work from which those posts were spun off. The paper, just published on the Brookings web site, is entitled “Against a Crude Balance: Platform Security and the Hostile Symbiosis Between Liberty . . .
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The E Coli Outbreak and the Google Hack

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 3:39 PM

The two main headlines on the online NYT at the moment are about the E Coli outbreak in Germany and the alleged hack by China of Google.  I have not seen anyone speculating that the E Coli outbreak is a result of bioterrorism.  And I have no reason to think that it is.  But this . . .
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Terrific Opportunity for Students and Recent Grads Interested in Learning More about National Security and the Law

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:49 PM

I want to draw attention to a remarkable opportunity for students interested in national security and the law: the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security, which will take place at Columbia Law from July 31 to Aug 9 (full disclosure: Jack is one of the primary faculty for the Institute, and I’m one of the guest speakers).  Here . . .
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