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Battle of the Bulge. Department of Defense map.

Battle of the Bulge. Department of Defense map.

Seventy years ago this week, German forces launched a major counteroffensive operation through the Ardennes forest. Known as the Battle of the Bulge in the United States because of the way it reshaped the Western front in World War Two, it was intended to take the port of Antwerp while splitting the American and British forces advancing on the Siegfried lineContinue Reading »

American Abrams tanks posing in Ceremony Square, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. (PHOTO: United States Air Force)

American Abrams tanks posing in Ceremony Square, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. (PHOTO: United States Air Force)

My previous post introduced the conservationist doctrine—the idea that a hostile occupying force is a mere custodian of occupied lands, without the sovereign authority to change existing laws and institutions. This blog continues that discussion and explores the consistent erosion of this doctrine through a century of occupation for the sake of nation building. Continue Reading »

Weekly IHL Update

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Monday, December 15, 2014

In the News

It’s that time of the year, when people take to the streets to protest. Certain protests receive significant media attention, like the ones in Hong Kong and the United States, but there are other protests worth keeping an eye on, like Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Kenya, Pakistan . . . Continue Reading »

International Criminal Court (ICC), Den Haag. (Photo Credit: Josef F. Stuefer)

International Criminal Court (ICC), Den Haag. (Photo Credit: Josef F. Stuefer)

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, stated in an interview that the ICC is considering bringing war crimes charges against fighters of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS). A major issue in proceeding with prosecution of these and any fighters in Iraq and Syria is establishing jurisdiction over those responsible. The ICC’s jurisdiction is based upon whether a state is a state party to the Rome Statute – Iraq and Syria are not state parties to the ICC. However, many foreign fighters have joined IS and could potentially be prosecuted by the ICC.  Continue Reading »

Weekly IHL Update

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Monday, December 8, 2014

In the News

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has the ability to prosecute violations of international humanitarian law in certain circumstances. Last week the ICC dropped charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was indicted for crimes against humanity related to post-election violence in 2007. The Appeals Chamber released its decision to uphold the conviction of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for committing war crimes. Continue Reading »

Vietnam_child_soldier“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future,” remarked John F. Kennedy.

In addition to being the most valuable resource, children may also be the most vulnerable—particularly in an armed conflict. Children may be victims of attacks, recruited to participate in hostilities, or trafficked for sex or labor. Children may lose access to healthcare and education; they may be forced to flee their home or leave their family. International humanitarian law aims to protect children, as much as possible, from these negative effects of armed conflict. Continue Reading »

Instead of posting our “Weekly IHL Update,” today we are sharing a short supplement to our post last week on different types of warships. One of the most important ships in international humanitarian law is the hospital ship; during armed conflict at sea, hospital ships care for sick and wounded combatants or others at sea suffering from the effects of hostilities. Continue Reading »

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