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John Pike, of GlobalSecurity.org website, has a provocative op-ed in today's Washington Post (January 4, 2009, B3) arguing that the evolution of battlefield robots might mean robots as the soldiers that do the killing on future battlefields: Within a decade, the Army will field armed robots with intellects that possess, as H.G. Wells put it, "minds that are to our minds...

According to the ever-reliable Sudan Vision Daily, the Pre-Trial Chamber has already decided to issue the arrest warrant for Bashir: The entire Sudanese people will not be surprised if the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against the Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir because the decision of the ICC judges was circulated by the UN chief Ban KI-moon, the US State...

Comments like this one, made not by some obscure commenter but by David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason and a member of The Volokh Conspiracy, in response to my Dershowitz post below: Herein the phoniness of international law.  Humble Law Student has raised several significant questions with Heller’s analysis, including whether it matters under international law, as it surely...

Alan Dershowitz published an editorial yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that argues Israel's attacks on Hamas in Gaza are "perfectly proportionate."  I have no desire to argue the substance of that point, in part because views on Israel and Palestine are largely impervious to facts or argument (on both sides), but largely because the concept of proportionality is so...

  OK, I know the blogosphere has chewed over this article from the Wall Street Journal, and spit it out already, but I still can't resist posting this WSJ graphic describing a Russian professor's prediction about the end of the Union sometime in the middle of Obama's first term (in which case he would be the reverse-Lincoln). I can see...

  The Somali piracy problem is not really a military one. No one doubts that the world's modern navies can overwhelm any pirates they find.  The problem is really administrative and legal.  For instance, France's recent reported capture of more Somalia-based pirates is kind of cool, but what has really been accomplished. According to this report, France is planning to take...

What happens to litigation that obviously should be pursued in a foreign country but is prevented from doing so by a forum non conveniens blocking statute? That's the question presented in a recent Florida state court case of Scotts Co. v. Hacienda Loma Linda. Here are the basic facts: Scotts sells a product to Hacienda that allegedly...

In response to Roger's recent survey, many of you called for more international law discussion here at Opinio Juris.  In that spirit, here's an interesting nationality question to ponder as you enjoy your New Year's Day celebrations: It was already a packed flight from Amsterdam to Boston, but passengers and crew were more than happy to make room for one extra...

Germany has sued Italy before the ICJ challenging successful Italian lawsuits that have denied Germany's sovereign immunity arising out of World War II forced labor claims. The ICJ press release is here. Here is Germany's key argument: “In recent years, Italian judicial bodies have repeatedly disregarded the jurisdictional immunity of Germany as a sovereign State. The critical...

As I have mentioned before, France and the UK have expressed their willingness to support deferring the ICC's investigation of Bashir if the Sudan prosecutes Ahmed Haroun and Ali Kushayb domestically.  It doesn't look like the Sudan is going to take them up on their offer: [Ali Karti, the State Minister at Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs] reiterated the ability of...

With Samuel Huntington's passing on December 24th, I thought I'd  post something on his "clash of civilizations" theory.  Then I came across the following couple of posts from Strange Maps that not only relate to Huntington's interests, but are quite interesting in their own right. They illustrate the ongoing interrelation of geography, culture, and historical boundaries on modern domestic and...

The Jordanian Bar Association (JBA) is on a roll.  In addition to participating in the seminar I discussed in my last post, the JBA has also asked the Jordanian government -- Jordan is one of three Arab states that have ratified the Rome Statute -- to formally request the ICC's Assembly of States Parties (ASP) remove Moreno-Ocampo from office because...