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Interstate use of armed force in third states: what are the implications for conflict classification?

The events that are rapidly unfolding in the Middle East lately are a cause of grave concern in an increasingly violent and volatile world. On April 1, an…

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Classifying the Gaza Conflict Under International Humanitarian Law, a Complicated Matter

This post examines which potential branch of international humanitarian law (IHL) is applicable to the hostilities that are currently ongoing in Gaza between Israeli armed forces and Hamas…

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The Ituri Conundrum: Qualifying Conflicts between an Occupying Power and an Autonomous Non-State Actor

Last week, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued the long-awaited judgment in the Ntaganda case. The judges found the defendant guilty on all…

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Active Hostilities and International Law Limits to Trump’s Executive Order on Guantanamo

In his State of the Union speech on January 30, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his signing of a new executive order aimed at keeping open…

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The International Legal Framework Regulating Armed Drones

Last week I had the pleasure and honour of delivering the International and Comparative Law Quarterly's Annual Lecture for 2017 together with…

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The United States is at War with Syria (according to the ICRC’s New Geneva Convention Commentary)

The United States is currently engaged in an armed conflict with an organized armed group operating from the territory of two foreign states. Is this armed conflict an…

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