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Tag Archive: International Law

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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Cyber, Sovereignty, and North Korea–And the Risk of Inaction


Americans, and people throughout the world, are becoming increasingly aware that there are significant vulnerabilities in the Internet, and that there are malicious actors who are intent on exploiting those vulnerabilities. And Americans and others are beginning to appreciate the potential for harm that could result – harm to public safety, harm to the economy, and even harm to our capacity for self-government.…   continue »

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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The Original Meaning of the Alien Tort Statute

At oral argument in Jesner v. Arab Bank, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch raised a theory about the about the original meaning of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a provision of the First Judiciary Act of 1789 that gave the district courts cognizance “of all causes where an alien sues for a tort only in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” Relying on the work of Professors Anthony Bellia and Bradford Clark, Justice Gorsuch suggested that the ATS was originally intended to grant jurisdiction only when the defendant was a U.S.…   continue »