‘How International Law Restricts the Use of Military Force in Hormuz’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post identifies key international law concerns with participation in allied action to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf, whether American- or European-led. The authors identify the following key issues: lack of a UNSC mandate; operation of the Law of the Sea; and restrictions on the use of force.

Call for Papers: 2020 Francis Lieber Prize

The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict.  Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration — the prize […]

‘Act Now to Celebrate the UN WPS Agenda in 2020’

Just Security article arguing that it is time to take a “hardline approach” to WPS if we wish to truly be in a position to celebrate the Agenda in 2020. The author suggests that progress has too often been “slow, halting and sporadic”, and that adopting a new resolution might actually do more harm than good to […]

‘China’s Grey Zones’

Foreign Brief analysis noting that China’s exploitation of strategic grey zones in the East and South China Seas – particularly through enforcing maritime claims – risks entrenching a new status quo, which is currently relatively unchecked by Western responses. 

‘Back to the Middle East, but at What Cost?’

ASPI analysis of Australia’s recently announced decision to send ADF military assets and personnel to the Persian Gulf to help stabilise the region. The author warns against the implications for Australia which would ensue if a hot war subsequently ignites. 

‘Compliance with IHL by Non-State Armed Groups: Some Practical Reflections’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post reflects on the issue of compliance with IHL by non-State armed groups (NSAGs) on the 70th anniversary of the GCs. The author considers how NSAGs actually tend to behave during conflict, and touches particularly on the work of Geneva Call in seeking to secure better compliance by such groups. 

‘Proportionality and 150 Iranian Lives: Do they “Count?”‘

This Just Security article analyses President Trump’s recent claim that he called off a retaliatory strike against Iran because it would likely kill 150 Iranians. The author assesses the interaction between jus ad bellum and jus in bello proportionality, and concludes that assessing civilian casualties through the former lens was the right approach in this instance. 

WILPF: ‘Sustainable Development Needs Feminist Peace and Development Justice’

This blog post by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom summarises WILPF’s attendance and engagement at the recent 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (9 – 18 July 2019). The blog post considers recent and future progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and what this means for WPS. The full analysis by WILPF […]

‘5 Myths about the Geneva Conventions as they Turn 70’

This ICRC article examines and rebuts the following five ‘myths’ about the GCs, and explains why they continue to remain relevant today:  1) There are no limits to human suffering in war;  2) Some groups cannot or should not be engaged with;  3) The Geneva Conventions are out of date;  4) We are unable to act […]