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UK Parliamentary Committee Draft Report Calls for Pause in Weapons Exports to Saudi Arabia

This post was first published at 12:45am.

A powerful body of the UK Parliament, the Committees of Arms Export Controls, has stated in a draft report that billions of dollars in UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be halted due to the risk that such transfers will be used by the Saudis to commit serious violations of the law of armed conflict in Yemen.…   continue »

The Law of Aiding and Abetting (Alleged) War Crimes: How to Assess US and UK Support for Saudi Strikes in Yemen

US and UK support for Saudi-led military operations in Yemen have received significant attention recently due to reports of strikes that damaged or destroyed hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure vital to the civilian population. When international lawyers consider the rules that apply to such assistance, the so-called law of State responsibility consumes most, if not all, of the attention (see Miles Jackson and my accompanying post that does a deep dive into that area of law).…   continue »

Looking Back on the Pentagon Papers Decision

In a hallway of The New York Times offices, there is a framed copy of the Telex traffic between the Justice Department and The Times from June 1971 when the government demanded that the paper cease publishing the Pentagon Papers. Two installments had already appeared by then.…   continue »

Commanders Put on Notice

Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down its third, and in some ways most important, sentence in its short existence. The court sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former military commander from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to 18 years’ imprisonment for the crimes of murder, rape, and pillage committed by his soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002–2003.…   continue »

Surveillance Oversight Should Be President-Proof, But We’re Still a Long Way Off

Last week, at an event co-hosted by Just Security and NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, the NSA’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Director Rebecca Richards dropped the ball. When asked whether Americans should be comfortable with our current surveillance regime should someone like Donald Trump become president, she gave a milquetoast answer obviously intended to comfort the uninitiated.…   continue »