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My Post at New Security Beat






Most African states are more vulnerable and less prepared to address climate change challenges than the rest of the world. This observation is supported by a wide variety of sources, including […] Source: Africa’s Regional Powers Are Key to Climate Negotiations – But Will They Cooperate?

Campus Event: Africa in China






Colloquium – Su Zheng, Li Yinbei, Ma Chengcheng, Sun Yan Exploring Music in China’s New African Diaspora—An Innovative U.S.-China Team Research Project This Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Location: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Time: 4:15 p.m. Since the 1990s, African traders and investors have made their way to China as a result of the…

In the news: stories relevant to international environmental law






We are now moving on to International Environmental Law in our IL course. Here are some recent stories to get us thinking: First, you may want to look at this projection of “what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice”. Florida is gone, amongst other changes. Second, it is worth looking at…

In the news: chemical weapons, treaties, and privacy






Before my International Law class moves on to International Environmental Law, it is worth noting news from the last week that is relevant to topics we recently covered. Bond v. United States First, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Bond v. United States. This case should interest us for a number of reasons. One is…

Brittany Spears is a Weapon of Mass Destruction






Best news of the day: the British Navy is using Brittany Spears songs to scare off Somali pirates. Kevin Heller reports on Opinio Juris: This is an unconscionable tactic, one that does not befit a country that considers itself civilized. Need I remind the British Navy that torture is illegal under both international and UK law?…

ATS Update: Daimler v. Bauman






This should be of interest to my International Law students. The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) has been used as a way to bring foreign human rights claims into US courts. Adam Steinman has a post on Opinio Juris about the oral arguments in this case, which resembles Kiobel. The Ninth Circuit in California found that…

What Makes a Great Scholar? » Duck of Minerva






This is an article drawing on the lessons we can learn from the work and life of Kenneth Waltz, one of the most influential IR theorists of the last century. What Makes a Great Scholar? » Duck of Minerva. Some highlights: First, ask big and important questions. Start with the question and the puzzle to…