International Law

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Despite criticisms, the ‘peace through law’ approach to international law is a functional & realistic one, and it enables the daily functioning of international law.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

The Permissive Promise

The Permissive Promise

International law seeks to codify the international playing field. However, it is an essentially elastic & permissive system reflecting real-world power distributions.

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A naval approach to Somali piracy is & will continue to be ineffective – it doesn’t address its root causes. Piracy will continue without a human security approach.

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Hedley Bull’s critique and utilisation of Hobbes’ theory of international anarchy provides a coherent and realistic explanation of the international system.

Does the R2P Doctrine Represent a Positive Step for Human Rights?

Does the R2P Doctrine Represent a Positive Step for Human Rights?

R2P, although a symbolic moral step for human rights, is not a sufficiently effective positive step, and is too militaristic in its approach.

The ICC: Progress Toward a More Just International Order?

The ICC: Progress Toward a More Just International Order?

While the ICC remains an important step in ending impunity for the worst crimes, its existence does not suffice to significantly change the justice of our international order.

Balance of Power Theory in Today’s International System

Balance of Power Theory in Today’s International System

Even if accept the premise that the balance of power is less applicable to unipolarity than to multipolarity and bipolarity, this hardly affects its relevance to our world.

The International Humanitarian Law Implications of the ‘Tallinn Manual’

The International Humanitarian Law Implications of the ‘Tallinn Manual’

Despite some significant issues, the Tallin Manual still provides a foundation to assess the legality of cyber warfare in international and non-international armed conflict.

Terrorism: A Definition and Analysis

Terrorism: A Definition and Analysis

An agreed definition of terrorism is needed. This definition should consider state-actors, the wider targets, and desire for behavior-motivation that underlies its motives.

Why Do States Mostly Obey International Law?

Why Do States Mostly Obey International Law?

To explain why states are compelled to justify their behaviour according to norms, the best approach is to interpret the issue as a process that considers all theories.

How ‘Westphalian’ is the Westphalian Model?

How ‘Westphalian’ is the Westphalian Model?

The accepted IR narrative about Westphalia is a myth: the Westphalian model has little, if anything, to do with the Peace of Westphalia from which the model derives its name.