Executive Power

Lawfare's Coverage of Legal Issues Regarding Military Action in Syria

By Wells Bennett
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 1:53 PM

The situation in Syria being fluid, and our writers having authored a good number of posts on the subject, I thought it might be useful to compile the blog's work on legal issues, international and domestic, regarding military action in Syria.

Thus we'll take a page from our military commissions coverage, and below note links to our recent and Syria-related entries.  Look for this page to be updated and refreshed intermittently, in the coming days, as authors add further commentary.  (For general background on war powers issues, have a look at the blog's Wiki page)

Jack Goldsmith, A Quick Primer on AUMFs

Jack Goldsmith, Obama's Request to Congress Will Not Hamstring Future Presidents (Except for Some Humanitarian Interventions)

Bruce Riedel, Guest Post on Obama's Syria Decision

Jack Goldsmith, Congratulations President Obama

Matt Waxman, Restoring the Smeared Red Line

Jack Goldsmith, Philip Bobbitt on Syria

Jack Goldsmith, British Bow Out of Syria Intervention, USG Plunging Ahead

Wells Bennett, UK Parliament Votes Down British Military Action in Syria

Robert Chesney, The War Powers Resolution and Using Force in Syria 

Matt Waxman, Intervention to Stop Atrocities: Kosovo as Predictive

Jack Goldsmith, Akande on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention

John Bellinger III, The UK Legal Position on Humanitarian Intervention in Syria: Kosovo Redux

Jack Goldsmith, UK Legal Position on Humanitarian Intervention in Syria

Rick Pildes, Creating New International Law "Justifications" for Using Military Force Against Syria

Ben Wittes, Vacancies at the Top

Jack Goldsmith, Hathaway and Shapiro on Syria and the U.N. Charter

Wells Bennett, Letter From the Speaker of the House to POTUS Regarding Legal Justification for Action in Syria

Jack Goldsmith, Why Doesn't President Obama Seek Congressional Approval for Syria?

Wells Bennett, Two Thoughts on Syria and Kosovo

Jack Goldsmith, George Friedman on Obama's Bluff

Jack Goldsmith, Secretary of State Kerry on UNSCRs and Legality

Jack Goldsmith, General Dempsey on Syria Intervention

Rick Pildes, Kosovo, Syria: When it Comes to Military Force, What's the Proper Relationship Between Law and Political Judgment?

Jack Goldsmith, More on the Impact of Kosovo + Syria

Ashley Deeks, The Value of Kosovo as a Non-Legal Precedent

Jack Goldsmith, How Administration Lawyers Are Probably Thinking About the Constitutionality of the Syria Intervention (and a Note on the Domestic Political Dangers of Intervention)

Jack Goldsmith, The Kosovo Precedent for Syria Isn't Much of a Precedent

Ashley Deeks, Arming Syrian Rebels: Lethal Assistance and International Law

Ashley Deeks, Chemical Weapons and Syria: Enough to Justify the Use of Force?