Legal news from Wednesday, March 19, 2003
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] [10:16 PM ET - recorded video also available] My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger. On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking [read more]

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[JURIST] BBC reports explosions heard in Baghdad, US confirms start of war - the President will speak at 10:15 PM ET. For continuing news and bulletins, watch BBC-TV live. [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, offers online interactive training on the law of armed conflict, with questions and a scoresheet. Learn about key concepts, rules of engagement, combatants and non-combatants, targets, weapons, POWs and more. If you were sent into battle [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Wednesday issued a Worldwide Threat warning to alert British nationals to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks, throughout the world, during military action in Iraq. Read the complete text of the warning, now on the FCO website. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer commented on the President's legal case for war against Iraq at a press briefing Wednesday afternoon: He believes, number one, based on the reviews conducted by the attorneys, that there already exists a legal basis both in international law, as well as in [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations has released a summary of statements made Wednesday on the Iraq crisis by delegates to the UN Security Council. Recorded video of the full session is now available from C-SPAN; video of individual statements by Dr. Hans Blix , the foreign ministers of Germany , France [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing Wednesday on S. 303, legislation that would ban human reproductive cloning but allow stem cell research to move forward with federal oversight. Read the opening statement of Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department Wednesday released excerpts from a press briefing by White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer indicating that President Bush has sent to Congress the official legal determinations for war required under the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq [text]: [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs Wednesday posted online a letter sent to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle from Acting Assistant Attorney General Jamie Baker, indicating that contrary to suggestions that had been made on the Senate floor, no one in the White House or the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Wednesday in the UN Security Council debate on the crisis in Iraq, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: it is imperative that the action of the international community should be guided by principles. First of all, respect for law. The keystone of international order, it must apply [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] University of Pittsburgh law professor Jules Lobel writes in Wednesday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait violated Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter, which prohibits one country from attacking another except in self-defense or with Security Council authorization. Our imminent invasion of Iraq will also violate Article 2(4). [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday addressed an open letter to the leaders of the United States, the UK, Spain and Iraq, calling on them to ensure that international human rights and humanitarian law are fully upheld in the event of war. In particular, AI calls on warring parties to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Military action against Iraq will set the stage for a variety of legal problems and issues relating not so much to the overall legality of the operation but to its implementation consistent with the so-called "law of war" or "law of armed conflict". Review a brief backgrounder on possible [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ed Morgan, a Canadian law professor at the University of Toronto, outlines a humanitarian legal case for military action against Iraq in Wednesday's National Post: Over the past several decades international law has been let out a little at the waist, moving beyond the UN Charter's snug procedures and [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's National Assembly met Wednesday in emergency session to voice its support for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Reuters has online video from the Assembly, with participants' comments. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A survey of Harvard Law School [official website] students reported in Wednesday's Harvard Crimson suggests that a large majority would support racial profiling if such screening reduced air travel delays.... Boston College Law School [official website] has announced that US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be its 2003 [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Steve Krupa SJ, professor of religious studies at Cleveland's John Carroll University, spoke March 13 on "Just War and Nonviolence: Christian and Catholic Perspectives". Audio of his lecture is online from John Carroll in two parts, the first setting out the basics of just war doctrine , and the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Columbia law professor Michael Dorf offers his take on the question "Is the war on Iraq lawful?" in Wednesday's edition of Findlaw's Writ. Dorf concludes with a telling tale from ancient history: In Chapter Seventeen of his History of the Peloponnesian War (between Athens and Sparta in the Fifth [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Tuesday a petition to rehear a case filed by unnamed US servicemen, parents of servicemen and six Democratic congressmen claiming that a formal declaration of war from Congress is necessary before any attack on Iraq. The Court said: Plaintiffs have filed [read more]

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