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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Facebook Oversight Board

Is the Facebook Oversight Board an International Human Rights Tribunal?

Comparing the Facebook Oversight Board to an international human rights tribunal reveals that the board’s ability to hold Facebook accountable will depend on its ability to develop human rights norms, incentivize Facebook to internalize those norms, and overcome challenges to building its authority and legitimacy.

Open Skies Treaty

Are There Shortcuts for the U.S. to Rejoin the Open Skies Treaty?

Various theories have been proposed for the U.S. to rejoin the Open Skies Treaty without presenting it again to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification; some are legally unsupportable, while others are impractical because of institutional considerations that will likely prove insurmountable.

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