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Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Policy-Making Amid Disruptive Technological Change

(In Part I of this post on UN talks on lethal autonomous weapons, I discussed how the underlying artificial intelligence that enables autonomous systems is improving rapidly. In this Part II, I will examine different policy approaches for dealing with this uncertainty.)

This week, countries are meeting at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapons and the line between human and machine decision-making.…   continue »

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 28-Nov. 3)

Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict

NYC Terror Attack, Legal Responses, and Counter-Terrorism Policy

Russia Investigation, Manafort-Gates Indictment, and Papadopoulous

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Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 21-27)

Russia Investigation and Facebook

Congressional Authorization, Oversight and Niger

Drone Strikes, Laws of War, and Human Rights


Domestic and International Surveillance

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Pluses and Minuses of the Imminence Standard in Counterterrorism Strikes

Last month, I wrote on the revisions that the Trump Administration reportedly plans to make to President Obama’s drone policy.  The piece set off a robust conversation with human rights and humanitarian law experts, primarily around U.S. obligations under international human rights law and the implications of the Trump Administration preparing to end the Obama-era requirement that strikes outside of hot warzones like Iraq and Syria be taken only against terrorists who pose a “continuing, imminent threat to U.S.…   continue »

Fragmented Wars: International Law and Multi-Territorial Conflict Against Non-State Armed Groups


The legal issues surrounding military operations against non-State armed groups abroad are continuing to generate policy and legal debates. In an article just published in International Law Studies, I examined several questions arising, looking at the ius ad bellum (when a State may lawfully resort to military force), ius in bello (the rules that apply once hostilities exist), and the interplay with human rights.…   continue »

International Cyber Law Politicized: The UN GGE’s Failure to Advance Cyber Norms

On June 23, after years of slow yet meaningful progress in developing State consensus regarding the application of international law norms to cyberspace, the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (otherwise known as the Group of Governmental Experts, or GGE) collapsed.…   continue »