Laurie R. Blank

Emory University School of Law

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic

1301 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GA 30322

United States

http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/laurie-blank.html

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1.

Defining the Battlefield in Contemporary Conflict and Counterterrorism: Understanding the Parameters of the Zone of Combat

Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2010, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 10-139
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 19 Sep 2010 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 826 (18,720)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Battlefield, Zone of Combat, Law of Armed Conflict, Al Qaeda, Counterterrorism, International Humanitarian Law, Terrorists, Armed Conflict

2.

Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 38, 2012, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-182, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-217
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 08 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 05 Aug 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 599 (29,902)

Abstract:

targeted killing, self-defense, law of armed conflict, IHL, Geneva Conventions, drones, al Qaeda, counterterrorism

3.

The Application of IHL in the Goldstone Report: A Critical Commentary

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 12, 2009, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 10-96
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 06 Apr 2010 Last Revised: 12 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 564 (32,358)

Abstract:

Goldstone Report, Gaza, international humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, Israel, proportionality, distinction, precautions, jus in bello, jus ad bellum, law of war, Palestinian, military necessity, asymmetrical warfare, hostage, Operation Cast Lead

4.

After 'Top Gun': How Drone Strikes Impact the Law of War

University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 33, 2012, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-177
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 25 Oct 2011 Last Revised: 25 May 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 533 (16,511)

Abstract:

drones, UAVs, distinction, proportionality, law of armed conflict, geneva conventions, international humanitarian law, targeted killing, jus in bello, drone strikes

5.

Finding Facts But Missing the Law: The Goldstone Report, Gaza and Lawfare

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 43, March 2011, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 10-127
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 10 Sep 2010 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 445 (43,355)

Abstract:

Goldstone Report, lawfare, Gaza, Iaw of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, perfidy, precautions, Israel, asymmetrical warfare

6.

Losing the Forest for the Trees: Syria, Law and the Pragmatics of Conflict Recognition

Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 46, p. 693-746, 2013
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 28 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 03 Nov 2013
Laurie R. Blank and Geoffrey S. Corn
Emory University School of Law and South Texas College of Law
Downloads 415 (46,200)

Abstract:

Syria, law of war, law of armed conflict, internal conflict, civilians, common article 3, non-international armed conflict

7.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Operationalizing the Law of Armed Conflict in New Warfare

Harvard National Security Journal, Vol. 1, 2010 , Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 09-79, Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 09-51
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 17 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 06 Feb 2013
Laurie R. Blank and Amos N. Guiora
Emory University School of Law and University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
Downloads 373 (56,059)
Citation 1

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, Geneva Conventions, innocent civilians, legitimate target, direct participation in hostilities, commanders, asymmetric warfare, distinction, proportionality, Afghanistan

8.

Characterizing United States Operations in Pakistan: Is the U.S. Engaged in an Armed Conflict?

Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 34, p. 151, 2010, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 10-126
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 03 Sep 2010 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank and Benjamin R. Farley
Emory University School of Law and Independent
Downloads 359 (60,272)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Pakistan, armed conflict, international humanitarian law, Taliban, law of armed conflict, drones, common Article 3

9.

International Law and Cyber Threats from Non-State Actors

89 International Law Studies 406 (2013), Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 12-234
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 28 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 07 Apr 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 336 (56,924)

Abstract:

cyber, law of war, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, non-state actor, self-defense, United Nations Charter, non-international armed conflict

10.

Belligerent Targeting and the Invalidity of a Least Harmful Means Rule

89 International Law Studies 536 (2013), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-248
Number of pages: 92 Posted: 28 May 2013 Last Revised: 09 Jun 2015
South Texas College of Law, Emory University School of Law, Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law and Brigham Young University School of Law
Downloads 268 (60,651)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, IHL, law of war, belligerents, targeting, distinction, proportionality, humanity, military necessity, jus in bello, combatants, capture

11.

Rules of Engagement: Law, Strategy and Leadership

ASPECTS OF LEADERSHIP: ETHICS, LAW AND SPIRITUALITY, Marine Corps University, 2012, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-168
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 25 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 06 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 243 (92,574)

Abstract:

rules of engagement, ROE, law of armed conflict, leadership, counterinsurgency, COIN, international law, Afghanistan, Marine Corps, law of war

12.
Downloads 31 (104,899)

Due Process and Counterterrorism

National Security Law: Fifty Years of Transformation, An Anthology; ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security (Jill Rhodes, ed. 2012)
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 29 Mar 2015
Amos N. Guiora and Laurie R. Blank
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law and Emory University School of Law
Downloads 31 (395,878)

Abstract:

due process, counterterrorism, terrorism, detention, use of force, interrogations, trials, law of armed conflict, human rights, rule of law

13.

Operational Law Experts Roundtable on the Gotovina Judgment: Military Operations, Battlefield Reality and the Judgment’s Impact on Effective Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law

Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 12-186
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 30 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 06 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 195 (89,286)

Abstract:

targeting, law of armed conflict, ICTY, Gotovina, law of war, IHL, proportionality, distinction, civilians, precautions, military operations,

14.

The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force

National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymaker (ABA 2012), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-232
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 05 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2013
Geoffrey S. Corn and Laurie R. Blank
South Texas College of Law and Emory University School of Law
Downloads 164 (128,113)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, Geneva Conventions, United Nations charter, self-defense, distinction, proportionality

15.

The Consequences of a 'War' Paradigm for Counterterrorism: What Impact on Basic Rights and Values?

Georgia Law Review, Vol. 46, 2011-2012, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-166, Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-113
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 27 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 27 Sep 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 159 (128,113)

Abstract:

war, rhetoric, counterterrorism, law of armed conflict, al Qaeda, civil rights, detention, international law

16.

The Laws of War in Shakespeare: International Vs. Internal Armed Conflict

New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP), Vol. 30, No. pp. 251-290, Fall 1997/Winter 1998
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 09 Nov 2009
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 157 (131,900)

Abstract:

Shakespeare, international humanitarian law, international armed conflict, non-international armed conflict, internal conflict, chivalry, laws of war, Gentili, Suarez, Geneva Conventions, common Article 3, Grotius, Henry V, King John, Richard III, armed conflict

17.

Extending Positive Identification from Persons to Places: Terrorism, Armed Conflict and the Identification of Military Objectives

2013 Utah Law Review 1227 (2013), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-247
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 17 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 31 Mar 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 148 (139,576)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, law of war, distinction, proportionality, military objectives, non-state actors, non-international armed conflict, organized armed groups, non-state armed groups, precautions, targeting, Additional Protocol I

18.

Cyberwar/Cyber Attack: The Role of Rhetoric in the Application of Law to Activities in Cyberspace

Cyberwar: Law & Ethics for Virtual Conflicts, Oxford University Press, 2014, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-286
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 23 Feb 2014 Last Revised: 03 Jul 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 137 (113,495)

Abstract:

cyber, cyber attack, cyberwar, cyber warfare, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, self-defense, armed attack

19.

A New Twist on an Old Story: Lawfare and the Mixing of Proportionalities

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2011, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-149
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 12 Apr 2011
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 136 (156,730)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Proportionality, Armed Conflict, International Humanitarian Law, Goldstone Report, Jus In Bello, Jus Ad Bellum, Law of Armed Conflict, Afghanistan, Lawfare

20.

Understanding When and How Domestic Courts Apply IHL

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 44, 2011, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-200
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 22 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 22 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 126 (165,051)

Abstract:

IHL, law of armed conflict, armed conflict, domestic courts, international law

21.

Targeted Killing

Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics (2015 Forthcoming), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-287
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 02 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 125 (136,071)

Abstract:

targeted killing, drones, UAVs, international humanitarian law, law of war, law of armed conflict, self-defense, counterterrorism, distinction, proportionality, precautions

22.

Taking Distinction to the Next Level: Accountability for Fighters’ Failure to Distinguish Themselves from Civilians

Valparaiso University Law Review, 2011-2012, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-169
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 29 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 06 Jun 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 124 (155,873)

Abstract:

distinction, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, human shields, perfidy, international criminal law, Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol I

23.

United Nations Sanctions: Creating a More Effective Tool for the Enforcement of International Law

Austrian Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 48, pp. 161-195, 1995
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 09 Nov 2009
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 124 (174,814)

Abstract:

Iraq, Serbia, sanctions, blockade, United Nations, Chapter VII, Kuwait, Haiti, Angola, Rhodesia, League of Nations, collective security, multilateral, Yugoslavia, Libya, South Africa, international law, Rwanda

24.

A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Stretching Law of War Detention Too Far

Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2011, Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-147
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 26 Mar 2011
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 102 (196,599)

Abstract:

detention, law of war, law of armed conflict, indefinite detention, Geneva Conventions, prisoners of war, detainee, Guantanamo

25.

The Use of Force against Pirates

PROSECUTING MARITIME PIRACY: DOMESTIC SOLUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL CRIME, Cambridge University Press (2015)
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 29 Apr 2014 Last Revised: 13 Nov 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 99 (157,669)

Abstract:

piracy, UNCLOS, use of force, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, multinational operations, task force, counter-piracy

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Roundtable Discussion Transcript: The Legal and Ethical Limits of Technological Warfare Symposium, February 1, 2013, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Utah Law Review, Vol. 2013, P. 1321, University of Utah College of Law Research Paper, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-12, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-285
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 02 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 21 Sep 2016
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law, Defense Intelligence Agency, United States Army Brigadier General (Ret.); former Deputy Commander for the 96th Regional Readiness Command, South Texas College of Law, The Heritage Foundation, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Emory University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, United States Naval Academy, New York University School of Law and McGill University - Faculty of Law
Downloads 86 (205,753)

Abstract:

Drone, Technological Warfare, Targeted Killing, Ethics, Terrorism, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Counter-Terrorism, Intelligence, Law, Limits, Due Process, Rights, Citizens, American, Missile, Strike, War, AUMF, Battle, Conflict, Court, Judicial, Oversight, President, Congress

27.

Complex Legal Frameworks and Complex Operational Challenges: Navigating the Applicable Law Across the Continuum of Military Operations

Emory International Law Review, Vol. 26, 2012, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-219
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 18 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 10 Oct 2012
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 74 (234,565)

Abstract:

international humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, stability operations, conflict, targeting, prisoners of war, detention, military operations

28.

Direct Participation: Law School Clinics and International Humanitarian Law

International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 95, No. 892 (2014), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-288, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-28
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 02 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 26 Mar 2015
Laurie R. Blank and David Kaye
Emory University School of Law and University of California, Irvine School of Law
Downloads 68 (258,160)

Abstract:

international humanitarian law, clinic, promotion, clinical education, law of armed conflict, law of war

29.

Debates and Dichotomies: Exploring the Presumptions Underlying Contentions About the Geography of Armed Conflict

16 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2013), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-258
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 29 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 04 Mar 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 66 (239,609)

Abstract:

law of war, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, battlefield, armed conflict, geography, targeted killing, targeted strikes, jus in bello, jus ad bellum, rules of engagement

30.

Military Operations and Media Coverage: The Interplay of Law and Legitimacy

Routledge Handbook on Military Ethics, Forthcoming, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-326
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 06 Nov 2014 Last Revised: 13 Nov 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 56 (163,139)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, media, legitimacy, international humanitarian law, drones, UAVs, transparency, Geneva Conventions, proportionality, distinction, law of war, armed conflict

31.

Rules of Engagement and Legal Frameworks for Multinational Counter-Piracy Operations

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 46, 2014, Forthcoming, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-289
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 02 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 05 Apr 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 56 (268,482)

Abstract:

piracy, counter piracy, rules of engagement, ROE, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, multinational operations, piracy task force, law of war, Geneva Conventions, UNCLOS

32.

Learning to Live with (a Little) Uncertainty: The Operational Aspects and Consequences of the Geography of Conflict Debate

161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 347 (2013), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-239
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 10 Aug 2013
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 51 (298,199)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, IHL, international humanitarian law, armed conflict, battlefield, zone of combat, drone strikes, international law

33.

Identifying the Start of Conflict: Conflict Recognition, Operational Realities and Accountability in the Post-9/11 World

Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, 2014, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-325
Number of pages: 73 Posted: 13 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 24 Oct 2015
Laurie R. Blank and Benjamin R. Farley
Emory University School of Law and Independent
Downloads 50 (262,266)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, al Qaeda, military commissions, international humanitarian law, Common Article 3, Geneva Conventions, non-international armed conflict, law of war, international armed conflict

34.

Book Review: What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11 and International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 107, No. 4, pp. 952-959 (2013), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-275
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 27 Jan 2014 Last Revised: 08 Mar 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 48 (305,850)

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35.

Investigations into Military Operations: What Impact on Transitional Justice?

Israel Law Review, Forthcoming, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-266
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 19 Oct 2013 Last Revised: 29 Apr 2014
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 36 (337,392)

Abstract:

investigations, law of armed conflict, IHL, international humanitarian law, transitional justice, truth commissions, commissions of inquiry, Goldstone Report

36.

Presidential Foreign Policy: An Opportunity for International Law Education

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2012, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-243
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 07 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 03 Jul 2013
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 12 (448,797)

Abstract:

law of armed conflict, foreign policy, president, drone strikes, self-defense, jus ad bellum, international humanitarian law

37.

In Response to Professor Oren Gross' The New Way of War: Is There a Duty to Use Drones?

67 Florida Law Review Forum 38 (2015), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-364
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 25 Aug 2015 Last Revised: 22 Sep 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 11 (346,896)

Abstract:

drones, UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles, law of armed conflict, proportionality, precautions, international humanitarian law, armed conflict, Geneva Conventions

38.

Examining the Role of Law of War Training in International Criminal Accountability

Utah Law Review, Vol. 2017, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 01 May 2017
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
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The Extent of Self-Defense Against Terrorist Groups: For How Long and How Far?

47 Israel Yearbook on Human Rights (2017)
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 10 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 20 May 2017
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 0 (188,077)

Abstract:

self-defense, terrorism, counterterrorism, international law, jus ad bellum, necessity, proportionality, al Qaeda, ISIS, armed attack

40.

The Limits of Inviolability: The Parameters for Protection of United Nations Facilities during Armed Conflict

92 Int'l L. Stud _ (2016), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-422
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 10 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 10 Mar 2017
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
Downloads 0 (360,168)

Abstract:

Law of Armed Conflict, Inviolability, United Nations, International Humanitarian Law, Lex Specialis, UNRWA, Geneva Conventions, Military Objectives, Proportionality, Precautions

41.

The Proportionality Principle in War

"The Proportionality Principle in War," in The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics, (8th edition 2015), Chapter 6, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-417
Posted: 13 May 2016
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law

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Chapter 7: Media Warfare, Propaganda and the Law of War

Soft War: The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict, 2016, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-418
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 12 May 2016
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
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43.

What's in a Word: War, Law and Counterterrorism

Routledge Handbook of Law and Counterterrorism (Lennon & Walker, eds 2015), Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-345
Posted: 03 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 13 Nov 2015
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law

Abstract:

counterterrorism, law of armed conflict, law of war, Geneva Conventions, detention, targeting, targeted killing, armed conflict

44.

Law of War Training: Resources for Military and Civilian Leaders

United States Institute of Peace, 2008
Posted: 17 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 12 Oct 2010
Laurie R. Blank and Gregory Noone
Emory University School of Law and affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract:

international humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, law of war, training, military, Geneva Conventions, military training, law of war training

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international financial institutions, international humanitarian law, conditionality, atrocities, war crimes, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, development