The Future Character of War and the Law

The Future Character of War and the Law

The Future Character of War and the Law   In 2018, then Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley wrote that socio-economic, political, and technological changes will “revolutionize battlefields unlike anything since the integration of machine guns, tanks, and...
Is the Time for Law of War Treaty Commentaries Over?

Is the Time for Law of War Treaty Commentaries Over?

Is the Time for Law of War Treaty Commentaries Over?   In two recent Articles of War posts, Sean Watts and Michael Meier criticized the Updated Commentary of Geneva Convention III. Rather than focusing on specific interpretations adopted or suggesting other...
Experts Weigh in on Law of Armed Conflict Priorities

Experts Weigh in on Law of Armed Conflict Priorities

Experts Weigh in on Law of Armed Conflict Priorities   Presidential transitions present natural opportunities to reconsider national priorities. With the inauguration of a new administration, we asked our Lieber Senior Fellows and Lieber Distinguished Scholar...
Opinio Juris and the Essential Role of States

Opinio Juris and the Essential Role of States

Opinio Juris and the Essential Role of States   Scholars, jurists, and practitioners have increasingly come to rely on non-State expressions to explain the customary law of armed conflict. This trend is problematic because it runs counter to how customary...
The Updated GCIII Commentary: A Flawed Methodology?

The Updated GCIII Commentary: A Flawed Methodology?

The Updated GCIII Commentary: A Flawed Methodology?   In June of 2020, as part of its ongoing multi-year effort, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched its updated Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention of 1949. The Commentary analyzes...