LAW AND THE USE OF FORCE
(LAWG-4061) - 3 UNITS
This course will explore the legality of the resort to use of armed force under international (jus ad bellum) and U.S. domestic law, including both the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. After establishing the governing legal rules, we will critically assess recent events such as the U.S. role in the 1999 NATO air campaign over Kosovo, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the 2011 Libyan intervention, the use of drones for targetted killing, and hypothetical situations such as a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear capabilities. We will also examine such emerging concepts as the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and consider what legal status it might have. Each student will be expected to write a substantial research paper on a topic of their choice related to the overall subject matter of the course.