The long-running Alien Tort Statute suit against Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill for allegedly aiding and abetting child slave labor in the Cote d’Ivoire—Doe v Nestle—has once again been dismissed.
John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international and national security law practices at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as The Legal Adviser for the Department of State from 2005–2009, as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001–2005, and as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1997–2001.
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Having been present at the creation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in 2001/2002 and having supported its closure in 2009, I want to remind readers why Guantanamo was opened and why I believe it should now be closed.
President Trump's nominations of Courtney Elwood to be CIA General Counsel and John Sullivan to be DoD General Counsel are good news for the national security law community.
Defense Secretary Mattis Should Say “No Thank You” to Increased Defense Spending Financed By Cuts in Diplomacy and Foreign Aid
Defense Secretary Mattis supported full funding for the State Department when he was in uniform, and it is even more important that he do so now.
Last month, the Fifth Circuit issued a split opinion in Adhikari v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., representing the first ATS case to be decided post-RJR Nabisco. The opinion, issued over a vigorous dissent, suggests that it may be premature to say that RJR Nabisco resolves the circuit split over the interpretation of “touch and concern.”
My thoughts on President Trump's National Security Presidential Memorandum 2 (NSPM-2), which defines the organization and functions of President Trump's National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC).
Why Rex Tillerson Was Right Not to Label Putin a War Criminal Before Reviewing the Facts and the Law
Former Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Pierre Prosper and I have authored an op-ed explaining why Rex Tillerson was right not to have accepted Senator Rubio's invitation to label Vladimir Putin a war criminal for Russian offenses in Syria before Tillerson has taken office and examined the facts.