International Law

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More than any other policy area, the conduct of security affairs implicates legal systems beyond our own domestic law. Despite a deep-seated American distrust of international law, a web of international norms, treaties and agreements compels the United States to defend its conduct in terms intelligible to the world at large. As policymakers grapple with issues from cyberwar to targeted killings, legal expertise in international humanitarian law, the law of armed conflict, and a myriad other areas of international law will only become more crucial.

 

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International Law

International Regulation of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Negotiations on a New Legal Structure for the High Seas

In Sept. 2018, the first intergovernmental conference convened on a legally binding mechanism under UNCLOS related to conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity on the high seas.

International Governance

Thoughts on the ICJ’s Decision in Iran v United States and the Trump Administration’s Treaty Withdrawals

The U.S. decision to withdraw from the Treaty of Amity is a prudent, though regrettable, response to Iran's abuse of the treaty. But the withdrawal from the 1961 Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is an overreaction.

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