General Interest

29 April 2019 – Congress Should Defund Hostilities in Yemen

https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/9360-yemen-policy-note-final-2pdf To maximize impact and reaffirm its war powers, as well as to end American complicity in a serious human rights catastrophe in Yemen, Congress must exercise its “power of the purse” and withhold appropriations for any military action in Yemen that is not related to defeating al- Qaeda. Defunding…

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30 March 2019 – “Tweeting Trump injects White House into SEAL war crimes case”

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/03/30/tweeting-trump-injects-white-house-into-seal-war-crimes-case/ With a Saturday morning Twitter message, President Donald J. Trump ordered the Navy to modify the detention of Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who is behind bars awaiting a court-martial trial in San Diego for allegedly stabbing to death an Islamic State prisoner. “In honor of his…


26 November 2018 – “Was Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border a Violation of Conventions on Chemical Weapons?”

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/dem-senator-tear-gas-use-at-us-mexico-border-a-violation-of-conventions-on-chemical-weapons/  NO. NOTE: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, “Article II. Definitions and Criteria.” at Paragraph 9,“Purposes Not Prohibited Under this Convention”, subparagraph (d) specified “Law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes.” https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/articles/article-ii-definitions-and-criteria Aside from this being a defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) mission in support of…


21 – 26 November 2018 – White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops

  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/ and see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gej9FfbSAi4 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3121.01B, Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE)/Standing Rules for the Use of Force (SRUF) for U.S. Forces, dated 13 June 2005 are the result of a review and revision of the previous 2000 and 1994 editions. They provide…




Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law 2018 Summer Internship Program – 7 February 2018

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2018 Summer Internship Program. CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in twenty-first century warfare and national security. CERL…


CERL – Turkey’s Eastern Pivot: A Challenge for NATO and a Threat to US National Security – 22 January 2018

https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/7539-turkey-nato-1192018 CERL is pleased to present its most recent briefing paper, “Turkey’s Eastern Pivot: A Challenge for NATO and a Threat to US National Security”. This latest effort further develops CERL’s work discussing threats to democratic governance in light of Russia’s attempts to interfere with elections in democratic nations around…


9-10 November 2017 – UPenn CERL Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security

  Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security  Co-hosted by CERL and the Annenberg School for Communication, the roundtable conference will convene academics, analysts, and practitioners from fields as diverse as law, journalism, media, public policy, philosophy, national security, and others to explore some of…


War on the Rocks – MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE: TONIGHT, TOMORROW, AND THE FUTURE FIGHT – 18 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/multi-domain-battle-tonight-tomorrow-and-the-future-fight/ People like to talk about how the future of warfare will be different, but it has already started to arrive. For some years now, the beginnings of major shifts in the character of warfare have been visible in places like eastern Ukraine and the Middle East. Across these battlefields,…