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The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly Takes on the Legal Challenges of Hybrid Warfare

Over the last few years, “hybrid warfare” has become firmly established in the Western security lexicon. The concept features prominently in NATO and EU policy instruments and has informed the United States’ National Security Strategy adopted in December 2017. (I analyzed this idea in more depth here.)

International Law

Did North Korea's Use of VX Nerve Agent Violate International Law?

On February 13, Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un—was killed at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian investigators have determined that two women, who have since been charged with murder, used VX nerve agent—a chemical weapon—in the assassination. Attribution has not yet been confirmed, but Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has directly blamed North Korea (DPRK) for the assassination. In addition, U.S.

International Governance

Iran’s Photographs of Navy Sailors: A War Crime (Or “Just” An Outrage?)

There’s an interesting IHL angle to Iran’s seizure and subsequent release of ten American sailors in the Persian Gulf: As several observers have already noted, publishing photographs and videos of the sailors may implicate Article 13 of the Third Geneva Convention, which provides that “prisoners of war must at all times be protected … against insults and public curiosity.”

International Governance

Threading the Needle in Security Council Resolution 2249

On November 20, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2249, condemning ISIS’s recent attacks and exhorting all states to prevent and suppress the group’s terrorist activities. The Resolution is in some ways a predictable response to recent developments, but it contains one interesting provision that is worth parsing from an international law perspective.

Operative Paragraph 5 (OP5) reads as follows:


ICANN CEO To End Tenure

Fadi Chehade, the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has announced his intention to step down, effective March 2016.  The United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).  That authority is currently conducted by ICANN under contract to the Department of Commerce.  Current plans are for Commerce to en


A Primer on Globally Harmonizing Internet Jurisdiction and Regulations

That is the title of a paper I recently co-authored with former Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.  We wrote it for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, a commission chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.  Here's the introductory paragraph:

We stand on the cusp of a defining moment for the Internet, and existing trends, left unaddressed, might very well

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