Letter to President Obama on 2001 AUMF Sunset

Earlier today, a group of legal experts–including Rosa Brooks, Sarah Cleveland, Jen Daskal, Walter Dellinger, Ryan Goodman, Rebecca Ingber, Harold Koh, and I–sent a letter to President Obama urging him to include a sunset for the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) as part of any proposed legislation to authorize force more specifically against the Islamic State. As we concluded, “An ISIL-specific statute that does not sunset the 2001 AUMF would simply expand the President’s already broad statutory authorities, while doing nothing to ensure public deliberation and congressional accountability respecting significant new military operations.”

The full letter is available here.


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Steve Vladeck

Executive Editor of Just Security and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Follow him on Twitter (@steve_vladeck).