March 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions, which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi ...[read more]
September 5, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a joint resolution authorizing the limited use of force against Syria. In a 10-7 vote, the committee reasoned that Syria was in violation of international law, such as the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions and the Protocol to the ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
During the course of the War on Terror, the US military detained hundreds of individuals as "enemy combatants"—a label the US government used to denote their legal status as unlawful combatants without protections under the Geneva Conventions. With military conflicts first in Afghanistan and ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On October 7, 2001, following the beginning of the War on Terror, the US military began detaining hundreds of suspected terrorists. Many of those captured were designated "enemy combatants" — a label coined by the administration of President George W. Bush to denote their legal status as ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Kels of the US Air Force Reserve and the Department of Homeland Security argues that legal experts should think twice before diluting the clarity of international armed conflicts...The law of armed conflict (LOAC) applies when the threshold of armed conflict is met. ...[read more]
July 23, 2012
by Jordan Barry
James P. Rudolph, an attorney and former official at the US Agency for International Development, argues that the Syrian government must follow stricter rules of engagement and could potentially be prosecuted for harsher war crime charges with the application of Common Article 3 of the Geneva ...[read more]
June 14, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 14, 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip as a violation of international humanitarian law under Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions. The failure of efforts by private entities to end the blockade caused the ...[read more]
May 17, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 17, 2011, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu and three others involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of six counts of genocide and crimes against ...[read more]

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