Assassination in the Law of War

Assassination in the Law of War

Assassination in the Law of War Few lawyers better appreciated the importance of terminological precision than my late friend and law of war colleague, Hays Parks. Over three decades ago, he turned his attention to assassination.  This post builds on his work by...
Hays Parks and U.S. Views on Targeting Law

Hays Parks and U.S. Views on Targeting Law

Hays Parks and U.S. Views on Targeting Law Three decades after its publication, Colonel W. Hays Parks’s article Air War and the Law of War remains a key resource for attorneys who advise on targeting operations. The article is noteworthy for its deep exploration of...
Is the Lieber Code Humanitarian?

Is the Lieber Code Humanitarian?

Is the Lieber Code Humanitarian?   Some critics maintain that the Lieber Code is not humanitarian. They are surprised and disappointed that Francis Lieber—one of the fathers of the modern law of war and an inspiration for the Hague Conferences—fails to meet their...
Whither Recognition of Belligerency?

Whither Recognition of Belligerency?

Whither Recognition of Belligerency?   Delineating, defining, and dealing with how the law of armed conflict applies to civil wars and other non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) has presented constant legal challenges over the last two decades. Numerous...