Archive 20

PREMT Legal Review of Weapons now available

The Program on the Regulation of Emerging Military Technologies (PREMT) has released a new study recording those States which conduct weapons reviews under Article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. The study provides a general overview of these practices and links to supporting legal instruments and is available below:

“UN Peacekeeping, NATO and the UDHR at 70”

At the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law last week, a roundtable was held on general issues of contemporary security governance. The roundtable was asked: “Have they [UN Peacekeeping, NATO and the UDHR] failed to deliver on their original promise or have they adapted effectively to contemporary global realities? Is their […]"

Roundtable participants included:

Professor Michael W. Doyle, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Steven Hill, Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, NATO
Professor Bruce Oswald CSC, Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne Law School
Rita Siemion, International Legal Counsel, Human Rights First

‘A Rising China is Driving the US Army’s New Game Plan in the Pacific’

A recent article published by Foreign Policy analyses the United States’ development of new missiles and military exercises designed to deter China’s military, strategic and policy incursions in the Pacific, in order to both reassure key US regional allies and prevent potential conflict:

International Law Studies: New Articles

International Law Studies is a professionally edited, peer-reviewed journal of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law. It is the oldest international law publication in the United States, and serves as a forum for prominent scholars and military practitioners to publish articles contributing to international law and military affairs. The following articles recently […]

‘Collision Avoidance: The Lessons of US and Russian Operations in Syria’

A new paper published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace examines the evolution of US-Russian military deconfliction efforts in Syria, within the broader context of managing future diplomatic relations between the two States.

The authors, Andrew S. Weiss and Nicole Ng, identify and analyse Russia’s previous attempts to create dangerous situations in the air […]

‘The Pacific Pivot and Australia’s Second NAP on WPS’

This ASPI piece follows Australia’s recent consultations for its second National Action Plan (“NAP”) on Women, Peace and Security (“WPS”). The author, Susan Harris Rimmer, argues that that Australia’s next NAP offers an opportunity to pursue meaningful partnerships with Pacific neighbours, which can in turn help provide better outcomes for women in conflict and disaster-affected […]

Danish Ministry of Defence Military Manual

Denmark’s military manual on the international law relevant to Danish armed forces in international operations has recently been translated into English. The Manual provides the Danish Defence Force with a comprehensive perspective for understanding relevant obligations under international law when Danish soldiers participate in international operations. It includes chapters on: The International Military Operation; Overview […]

LAWS: Recent Developments

A new post on the Lawfare website summarises recent developments on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (“LAWS”) in the lead-up to the next UN Group of Experts meeting on 25 – 29 March 2019. The post provides a brief background to LAWS, details recent global developments, gives highlights from the last Group of Experts meeting in […]

The Month in WPS: February 2019

In advance of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March last week, ASPI published its monthly update on Women, Peace and Security (“WPS”), which features various news items of significance from around the world. In particular: Germany, in conjunction with other States, recently held an Arria-formula meeting at the UN to discuss accountability for sexual […]

“Equal Treatment for Women in State Armed Forces”

A recent post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by Helen Durham and Vanessa Murphy examines the requirement for equal treatment of women in the military. The authors analyse the relevant rules of IHL governing the treatment of female combatants, and identify three corresponding planning obligations for military medical services. In particular, they […]

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