“Black Market” Professional Military Education?

A recent article republished on the Small Wars Journal considers the rise of independent Professional Military Education (PME) providers, who are credited with filling gaps in formal military education programs. The author argues that a current focus on “credentialing” is taking place within traditional armed forces, and suggests that this trend may be harming the flexibility and adaptability […]

How Much will the US Space Force Cost?

The Centre for Strategic & International Studies recently released a new brief considering how much the Trump administration’s recently announced Space Branch (as previously reported on by APCML) might conceivably cost. The analysis considers three distinct structural options, and estimates that the total annual budget for the new service may conceivably range from $11.3 to $21.5 billion. The […]

“The Trump Administration is Militarising the Whole Planet”

A republished story on War is Boring by US Army strategist and former West Point instructor Major Danny Sjursen argues that American militarism is having deleterious flow-on effects across the globe. In related news, a recent article published by the South China Morning Post details China’s advances in its efforts to catch up with the West’s military capabilities by […]

Naval Power: “The Fisher Model in the 21st Century”

A new article published by War on the Rocks considers the “Fisher Model” of naval influence, and its implications for maritime powers such as the US as they determine how to project power ashore in contested waters in the 21st century. The Fisher Model derives from a concept designed by Admiral Sir John Fisher, who confronted the challenge […]

New ICRC blog post: “Administration of Justice by Armed Groups”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog highlights some of the most important issues on this topic, as recently highlighted by a new report by Geneva Call, including the ability of armed non-state actors to carry out judicial processes. The post particularly focuses on the prosecution of foreign fighters by certain groups in […]

New ICRC blog post: “The Potential Human Cost of Cyber Operations”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog examines the rapid evolution of cyber operations, ahead of an expert meeting on the topic organised by the ICRC. Issues considered include human impacts of cyber operations; implications during armed conflict; and protections afforded by IHL. See the full post below:

Historic Conviction of former Khmer Rouge Leaders

Last Friday, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found former senior Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and sentenced them to life in prison. See this summary post from UN News, and the […]

New EJIL: Talk! blog posts of note

The following recent posts on the EJIL: Talk! blog may be of interest to APCML readers: ‘A War Crimes Trial that Needs More Attention  In this post, Dr Vidan Hadzi-Vidanovic draws attention to the domestic process currently taking place in El Salvador to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1981 El Mozote Massacre: ‘Does the ICC Statute Remove Immunities […]

EJIL Call for Papers: “International Law and Democracy Revisited”

The European Journal of International Law (EJIL) has put out a call for papers in advance of the EJIL 30th Anniversary Symposium. Prospective papers which deal with any topic falling within the broad theme of “International Law and Democracy Revisited” will be considered. The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2019. A summary post detailing this information is available from EJIL: […]

Call for Papers: 2019 Lieber Society Baxter 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 […]