December 22, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses fully autonomous weapons and their human rights implications... Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, ...[read more]
May 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that it has strong evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons on three rebel-held towns in Northern Syria last month. The announcement reveals results of a two-week investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that the recent confrontation between a US warship and a foreign vessel in the Strait of Hormuz is the most recent in a history of incidents where time-tested tactics have shaped the economic and political security of the Gulf ...[read more]
March 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 28, 2008, former USA Today reporter and former JURIST staffer Toni Locy appealed a federal judge's holding of contempt against her to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The contempt of court charge stemmed from Locy's refusal to reveal sources in connection with ...[read more]
April 24, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On April 24, 1915, the German army used chlorine gas against Canadian troops at Ypres. Gas was later employed by British and French forces against the Germans. Learn more about early efforts by the Red Cross to ban chemical weapons and review the June 1925 Protocol for the Prohibition of the ...[read more]
April 22, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 22, 1930, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Japan signed the Treaty for the Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armament (London Naval Treaty), which limited the production of warships and limited submarine warfare. Leading up to World War II, Japan and Italy ...[read more]
April 15, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit Wednesday against Chiquita Brand International, which has admitted to funding a right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia. In the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 242 Colombians alleged that they... ...[read more]
December 14, 2008
by Caitlin Price
Rape and sexual warfare have been employed by the national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as by rebel groups, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Friday. The report, based on an AI research mission to North Kivu, said that army units engaged in ...[read more]
August 1, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it will pay former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill $2.8 million to settle his claim that the DOJ violated the US Privacy Act by providing information about him to journalists during its investigation of the 2001 anthrax ...[read more]

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