Category Archives: Treaty Law

The First Bathymetric Chart of the East China Sea

Yesterday I came across a copy of the earliest bathymetric chart of the Pacific Ocean, which was made by the German geographer Augustus Petermann in 1877. The image to the left zooms in on the portion of the map that … Continue reading

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Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty

In this post, I want to evaluate the link between two contemporary foreign policy issues that are generally viewed as unrelated. The first is ongoing U.S. military assistance to Syrian rebels. As Reuters reported last week, the United States is … Continue reading

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The Drafting History of the Treaty of Shimononseki

One of the many contested issues in the sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands is whether China ceded title to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. In this post, I’ll briefly explain the competing textual arguments under the … Continue reading

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Video: Chemical Weapons in International Law

I recently appeared on International Focus, a local public television program that covers current events in international affairs. The host and I talked about legal issues related to the use of chemical weapons, including historical efforts to prohibit use, some of … Continue reading

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UN Immunity in the Haitian Cholera Litigation

Two days ago, victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti filed a class action in the Southern District of New York against the United Nations, the UN Secretary-General, and the former head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (“MINUSTAH”). … Continue reading

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The U.S. also Violates an International Norm Against Chemical Weapons

Lost in the ongoing debate about Syria is a rather startling irony: while the Administration argues that intervention is necessary to enforce global norms against chemical weapons, the United States stands in material breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the … Continue reading

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Litigation Over the U.S. Role in the Iranian Coup

Yesterday Iran’s parliament approved a bill requiring the Iranian government to sue the United States in international court for orchestrating the 1953 coup against Mohammad Mosaddegh. Given the timing, I’m guessing that the National Security Archive prompted this move by … Continue reading

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