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Tag Archive: Jus ad Bellum

The Important Legal Questions Regarding the Now-Shuttered “Covert” Program to Arm Syrian Rebels

Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt report:

The end came quickly for one of the costliest covert action programs in the history of the C.I.A.

During a White House briefing early last month, the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, recommended to President Trump that he shut down a four-year-old effort to arm and train Syrian rebels.

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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 »

The United Kingdom’s “Modern Law of Self-Defence”—Part I


On Wednesday, Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom, gave a speech intended to clarify his government’s understanding of the international law framework governing the use of armed force. The United Nations Charter recognizes the inherent right of States to use force in self-defense “if an armed attack occurs.” Importantly, the UK takes the view that States may use force in anticipatory self-defense to prevent imminent armed attacks before they occur.…   continue »