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29 Sep 2013, 2:26 pm by Kenneth Anderson
 Former State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger explains what they are in this informative post at Lawfare: There is no agreed form of words to make UNSCRs legally binding and, over the last sixty years, the Security Council has been inconsistent in its practice. [read post]
12 Sep 2013, 11:38 am by Ritika Singh
Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor of the Council on Foreign Relations web site, sat down with Lawfare‘s own John Bellinger to discuss the Obama administration’s legal basis for intervention in Syria, among other things. [read post]
6 Sep 2013, 7:45 am by Raffaela Wakeman
Jack Goldsmith, The Administration’s Proposed Syria AUMF Is Very Broad Jack Goldsmith, A Quick Primer on AUMFs Jack Goldsmith, Obama’s Request to Congress Will Not Hamstring Future Presidents (Except for Some Humanitarian Interventions) Ben Wittes, Bruce Riedel on President Obama’s Syria Decision Jack Goldsmith, Congratulations President Obama Matt Waxman, Restoring the Smeared Red Line Jack Goldsmith, British Bow Out of Syria Intervention, USG Plunging Ahead Wells Bennett,… [read post]
29 Aug 2013, 10:53 am by Wells Bennett
 (For general background on war powers issues, have a look at the blog’s Wiki page) Robert Chesney, The War Powers Resolution and Using Force in Syria  Matt Waxman, Intervention to Stop Atrocities: Kosovo as Predictive Jack Goldsmith, Akande on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention John Bellinger III, The UK Legal Position on Humanitarian Intervention in Syria: Kosovo Redux Jack Goldsmith, UK Legal Position on Humanitarian Intervention in Syria… [read post]
29 Aug 2013, 10:53 am by Wells Bennett
 (For general background on war powers issues, have a look at the blog’s Wiki page) Jack Goldsmith, British Bow Out of Syria Intervention, USG Plunging Ahead Wells Bennett, UK Parliament Votes Down British Military Action in Syria Robert Chesney, The War Powers Resolution and Using Force in Syria  Matt Waxman, Intervention to Stop Atrocities: Kosovo as Predictive Jack Goldsmith, Akande on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention John Bellinger III, The UK… [read post]
22 Jun 2013, 7:02 am by Benjamin Wittes
We are very pleased to announce Lawfare‘s first e-book, Lawfare on the National Defense Authorization Acts, which is now available in Kindle format on Amazon for $4.99. [read post]
30 May 2013, 11:13 am by Raffaela Wakeman
Our John Bellinger, Georgetown Law’s Rosa Brooks and MIT’s Missy Cummings also will serve on the task force. [read post]
29 May 2013, 2:03 pm by Ritika Singh
CFR interviewed John Bellinger on many aspects of the president’s speech—the tone, drone policy, the AUMF, Guantanamo Bay, and the president’s comment about Attorney General Holder “sharing” the President’s concerns about leak investigations. [read post]
9 May 2013, 7:00 am by Benjamin Wittes
Perhaps Koh should reread this speech by his predecessor, our own John Bellinger, who said the following at the London School of Economics on behalf of the Bush administration in 2006: Now, I am aware that many Europeans do not agree that we are in a war with al Qaida at all, much less a “Global War on Terrorism. [read post]
2 May 2013, 8:52 am by Ritika Singh
John Bellinger spoke at the event—which was introduced by Thomas Kean, former governor of New Jersey—and featured Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times, Hina Shamsi of the ACLU, and Philip Zelikow of the University of Virginia. [read post]
22 Apr 2013, 9:26 pm
.), The (In)applicability of the Prohibition on the Use of Force to International Organisations May 2, 2013: Jure Vidmar (Univ. of Oxford), Democratic Statehood in International Law May 9, 2013: Akbar Rasulov (Univ. of Glasgow), International Law in the Long 1990s: Notes Towards an Investigation May 15, 2013: John Bellinger III (formerly Legal Adviser, U.S. [read post]
1 Apr 2013, 8:34 am by Raffaela Wakeman
John Bellinger already noted this piece in Foreign Affairs about the Kiobel case. [read post]
27 Feb 2013, 6:03 pm by Benjamin Wittes
The session was remarkable for the near-constant agreement between three of the four witnesses—lawyers John Bellinger and Robert Chesney and Brookings Institution scholar Benjamin Wittes—regarding issues such as the constitutionality of killing Yemeni cleric and U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike, as well as the reasoning behind the recently leaked DOJ white paper summarizing the secret Office of Legal Counsel opinions that authorize… [read post]
25 Feb 2013, 2:30 pm by Robert Chesney
Several years ago, in a prescient op-ed in the Washington Post, our colleague John Bellinger argued that the September 2001 AUMF was an increasingly poor fit for the evolving threats facing the United States. [read post]
11 Feb 2013, 9:01 am by Raffaela Wakeman
And Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has already made it official that he will be placing a hold on both Hagel and John Brennan’s nominations until he gets “an accounting” of the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, which John Bellinger III noted this morning. [read post]
10 Feb 2013, 7:41 pm by Kenneth Anderson
 Regular readers of Lawfare will be well aware of this, as it’s something that has been predicted by many contributors to this blog – John Bellinger, Jack Goldsmith, Ben Wittes, Bobby Chesney, myself and many others writing here. [read post]
9 Feb 2013, 3:04 pm by Benjamin Wittes
John Bellinger and Christoper Anders of the ACLU this morning had a discussion of John Brennan’s testimony, drone strikes, and the administration’s legal positions on CSPAN’s Washington Journal this morning. [read post]
31 Jan 2013, 12:47 pm by Raffaela Wakeman
It’s not just the U.S. government that is being subjected to lawsuits about its drone strike strategy, as John Bellinger III already noted this morning. [read post]