Within the U.S. military, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has issued an instruction (CJCSI 3121.01B) regarding “Standing Rules of Engagement”. The focus of this instruction is contained in the following paragraph titled “Inherent Right of Self-Defense.”
Latest in International Law: LOAC
The dynamic nature of armed conflict complicates issues relating to civilian casualties, in particular with regards to the use of high explosives (HE) in urban areas.
Interesting corrective responses to my post earlier this week on different types of proportionality and Israel's 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
A few thoughts on the nature of proportionality—and the incredibly diverse work we are making the concept do for us, both legally and morally.
Advance warnings issued to drivers of ISIL oil trucks may have been responding to the law of armed conflict and not merely a policy judgment.
Warnings to Civilians Directly Participating in Hostilities: Legal Imperative or Ethics-based Policy?
Does the US decision to warn the drivers of ISIL oil tankers prior to air strikes reflect law or policy?
If initial reports are confirmed, this month may go down as one of the gravest in recent memory for hospitals in war.
Earlier this week, the the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, sought to open an investigation of possible crimes in Georgia. Several aspects of the move deserve attention.
Thoughts on hybrid warfare---that is, the highly integrated use of a diverse range of military and non-military measures in pursuit of an overarching strategic objective.
On two examples, from the United States and the Russian Federation, of the occasional avoidance of international humanitarian law in their courts.