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Aiding and Abetting for Saudi War Crimes: Lessons from Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project

In 2010, human rights organizations argued in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project that if we want to promote compliance with the law of armed conflict, we cannot punish advocacy groups who help human rights violators comply with the law. If we accept that argument, then why should human rights advocates suggest that the United States is automatically liable “as a matter of law” for unlawful Saudi-led coalition military strikes in Yemen on which the US Defense Department provides targeting assistance?  continue »

Application of Human Rights Law to Military Actions Abroad: The latest UK Judgment

Last month, the English High Court issued a judgment in Kontic v. Ministry of Defence, a case that dealt with whether and when the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) applies to UK forces operating in foreign countries. That is obviously an important issue not only for the UK directly, but also for coalitions and allies that fight alongside or depend on the British military.…   continue »

Letter to the Editor: Suggestions for Just Security’s Questions to the Presidential Candidates

I like the idea of Just Security‘s listing questions for the presidential nominees. As you ran them again before last night’s debate, and presumably may run them at subsequent times, I thought you might care for some suggestions:

Veterans Issues

  • It’s interesting that veterans issues are first, and within them, sexual assault.
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Just Security’s Questions for Clinton and Trump

Given the importance of tonight’s prime-time debate between US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we’re again running our list of vital national security questions we want to see both candidates answer. The list below was originally compiled by a group of Just Security’s editors and contributors ahead the Commander-in-Chief Forum that took place earlier this month.…   continue »

Are the U.S. and U.K. parties to the Saudi-led armed conflict against the Houthis in Yemen?

series of posts at Just Security have focused on the rules that apply to U.S. and U.K. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s military operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. A key question is whether supporting States, like the United States and the United Kingdom, avoid becoming a “party” to the armed conflict (and thus being bound by international humanitarian law) by providing assistance that stops short of engaging in direct combat.…   continue »

In Turkey, Where the More Things Change . . .

The past couple of months have been tumultuous in Turkey. In short order, an ill-conceived military coup was followed by popular mass protest, the quick return of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to power, and a wave of repression ranging from military and judicial purges, to state restrictions on a panoply of basic human rights protections, to allegations of “widespread human rights abuses” by state actors.…   continue »