To paraphrase Mick Jagger—you can’t always get the international law argument you want, but sometimes, you get (some of) what you need. Recently, State Department Legal Adviser Brian Egan addressed the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Prior to Egan’s speech, I lamented , while writing about U.S.
Doug Cantwell is an International Law Fellow at the American Society of International Law (ASIL). He is currently on reserve status as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, M.A. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and B.A. from Stanford University. The views expressed here are his personal views and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the United States Navy, or any other department or agency of the United States Government. The analysis presented here stems from his academic research of publicly available sources, not from protected operational information. Any views expressed are those of the author and not those of the American Society of International Law.
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