‘Attribution of Naval Mine Strikes in International Law’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post by James Kraska picks up on recent tensions between the US and Iran, and explores the available evidence for attribution of responsibility for alleged naval mine strikes in the Strait of Hormuz to Iran, in light of relevant international law.

‘In Hindsight: Persons with Disabilities in Conflict’

This What’s in Blue article analyses the UNSC’s recent adoption of Resolution 2475 – the first stand-alone resolution on the protection of persons with disabilities in conflict – including the specific nature of the resolution and Security Council dynamics/negotiations leading to its adoption. 

Australian Association of Women Judges Human Rights Award 2019

The APCML is delighted that Hilary Charlesworth, a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and member of the APCML is the recipient of the Australian Association of Women Judges Human Rights Award 2019. This is an award made  by the Australian Association of Women Judges. Congratulations from all of us Hilary.

Yemen War Death Toll Exceeds 90,000

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project has estimated that the death toll from the conflict in Yemen has now passed 90,000, and that 2018 was the war’s most deadly so far. Nearly 4,500 recorded direct civilian targeting events have resulted in approximately 11,700 reported civilian fatalities since 2015. A press release and the […]

‘Addressing America’s Operational Shortfall in the Pacific’

This War on the Rocks piece argues that the US needs to urgently do more in this region of the world in order to counter the scope and scale of Chinese efforts to exert influence in Asia. The author identifies several “posture steps” the US can take to achieve this, including maintaining an undersea advantage; reestablishing distributed, capable […]

The Legal Status and Characterisation of Maritime Militia Vessels

This interesting EJIL: Talk! blog post by UNSW Professor Rob McLaughlin focuses on the Chinese maritime militia, and examines its status and characterisation under the Law of the Sea, and the Law of Naval Warfare. He concludes that significant ambiguity remains, but that this is dangerous and leaves possibility for misunderstanding and escalation. 

‘Top Experts Backgrounder: Military Action Against Iran and US Domestic Law’

This informative Just Security article takes the form of a Q&A investigating the circumstances under which US military operations against Iran would be lawful under US domestic law. It addresses the broad questions of when the President has authority to initiate such actions; whether Congress has already authorised the use of force against Iran; and what Congress can […]

‘Humanitarian Action: The Need to Scale Back, Not Up’

An interesting piece on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by independent humanitarian analyst and consultant Marc DuBois identifies differing visions for humanitarian action between himself and the ICRC’s Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos, and argues that the sector needs to “end its lucrative love affair with solutions in the form of new guidelines, agendas and coordination platforms”.

‘Entering the Third Decade of Cyber Threats’

This interesting Lawfare piece argues that the US’ and its allies’ “ambiguous” approach to law and policy in cyberspace is undermining attempts to develop clearly binding norms for State conduct in this area. The author flags the increasing gap between international law and evolving technology in cyberspace, and calls for clearer rules and enforcement mechanisms to govern behaviour […]