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The United States is more than fifteen years into a fight against terrorism that shows no sign of abating and, with the change in administration, appears to be intensifying. Other Western democracies that have historically been uneasy about U.S. counterterrorism policies have, in recent years, shifted toward those policies. And armed nonstate groups continue to commit large-scale acts of violence in multiple distinct theaters. The legal issues that these situations present are not entirely new, but neither are they going away. Recent publications, like the three works under review, thus provide useful opportunities to reflect on and refine our thinking on them.


International Humanitarian Law | International Law | Law | Military, War, and Peace


The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy and the Law edited by Jameel Jaffer, New York, NY: The New Press, 2016. pp. 352, $27.95.

Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflict and Human Rights edited by Jens David Ohlin, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. xiii, 402, Index, $125.00.

U.S. White House, Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations (Dec. 2016), available at 6kOLfgicmlfX2hYWHNUTlE/view.

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