Five Legal Takeaways from the Syrian War

Harvard Nat'l Security J. Features (Sept. 30, 2019)

10 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2019

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Shane Reeves

United States Military Academy, West Point

Ronald T.P. Alcala

United States Military Academy, West Point

Date Written: September 30, 2019

Abstract

The U.S. Army regularly uses after action reports (AAR) to record observations and capture lessons learned from military operations. While not strictly an AAR, the following list of five takeaways is intended to memorialize some of the legal trends that arose during the military campaigns in Syria and Iraq. Our hope is that this admittedly non-exhaustive list will stimulate a broader conversation about the legal consequences of the Syrian War.

Keywords: law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, targeting, 'war sustaining,' 'war supporting,' private military contractors, non-state actors, drones, ISIS, emerging technologies, jus ad bellum, jus in bello

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Reeves, Shane and Alcala, Ronald, Five Legal Takeaways from the Syrian War (September 30, 2019). Harvard Nat'l Security J. Features (Sept. 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3464335

Shane Reeves (Contact Author)

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

Ronald Alcala

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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