U.S. State Department Briefing: 5th Annual “Live from L” on ISIL and the Use of Force

5th Annual “Live from L” The Role of the Law in the Fight Against ISIL: Use of Force, Sanctions, and Foreign Terrorist Fighters Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department February 12, 2015, noon- 1:30 pm ET Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom, George Washington University Law School Teleconference $15. Free to attend in […]

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U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Calls for Bolstering International Law and Institutions

The Obama Administration yesterday released its Nuclear Posture Review Report (NPR), which establishes “U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities, and force posture for the next five years to ten years.” The 2010 NPR becomes the third official high-level review and the first one to be entirely declassified. The NPR’s key objectives emphasize prevention, no new nuclear […]

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ASIL Keynote Highlight: U.S. Legal Adviser Harold Koh Asserts Drone Warfare Is Lawful Self-Defense Under International Law

Last night, U.S. State Department legal adviser Harold Koh outlined, for the first time, the Obama administration’s legal justifications under international law for the targeted killings of non-state actors using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to as “drones.” He inserted the topic of drones into his keynote at the American Society of International Law 104th […]

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California Supreme Court Hears Death Penalty Appeals Based on International Law

Two weeks ago, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a death penalty appeal. The defendant’s legal arguments included, in part, that the death sentence must be vacated because the death penalty violates international law and that international law is binding on the California state court. Specifically, the defendant contends that the California death […]

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FTC Workshop: Panel on Emerging Business Models for Online Journalism and Intellectual Property Rights

Nearly five years after the Grokster case transformed the freewheeling world of free online music sharing into the fee-based business model of iTunes, newspapers are arguing for similar legal enforcement of their intellectual property rights online. The enemy is no longer peer-to-peer (P2P) software. Rather, the new alleged enemy is “news aggregators,” such as Google […]

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FTC Workshop on Journalism and the Internet: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a two-day “Workshop on Journalism and the Internet” in Washington, D.C. The workshop serves as a forum for industry leaders, consumer advocates, academics, and lawyers to advise the FTC on possible changes to copyright law, antitrust law, and tax policy. The FTC convened the workshop in response […]

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Legal Implications of Nearshore Outsourcing to Mexico

My article, “The Legal Implications of Nearshore Outsourcing to Mexico,” has been published in the latest issue of The California International Law Journal. The issue contains three articles on Mexico and one article on IP in the EU. My article is intended for practitioners and provides pragmatic advice and recommendations related to contract enforceability, remedies, […]

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