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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part I: Political Miscues and U.S. Law)

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and was Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013. Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security, a new blog with a fantastic team of editors and contributors who will be well known to our readers. Although the blog claims to be dedicated to US national security law and policy, the first week of posting suggests it will be an important forum for discussion of international law issues. We urge you to check it out! Crises are lived forward but understood backwards.  While it is still too early to know how the Syria crisis of 2013 will end, we can start evaluating what precedents of law and policy it should generate, properly understood.  Notwithstanding a welter of political miscues, when the dust settles, history might well remember the episode as “Obama’s Harfleur:” where an announced threat of potentially illegal force catalyzed a better nonviolent result, here by reinvigorating multilateral…

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Event: Symposium on Unilateral Sanctions

The Hague Center for Law and Arbitration and the Doshisha University Graduate School of Global Studies announce a Symposium on Unilateral Sanctions and International Law: Views on Legitimacy and Consequences, 11 July 2013 at the Asser Institute in The Hague. Details here.

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Symposium on ExtraTerritorial Jurisdiction

One of the topics that will be taught in any basic course on public international law is “Jurisdiction”. By this is meant the jurisdiction of States and as Rosalyn Higgins explains in her book Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It, questions of State jurisdiction are questions relating to allocation of competence. The question is…

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The Constitutionalization of International Law

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting an online symposium discussing the recent book by Jan Klabbers, Anne Peters and Geir Ulfstein, The Constitutionalization of International Law (OUP, 2009). This is one of series of recent books examining constitutionalism at the international level. Readers will remember that we held a discussion of another…

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