Volume 32 - Issue 2

Will Trump Pursue an Illegal War with Iran?

By Will O’Connor, Staff Member Since abandoning the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action-also known as the Iran nuclear agreement-the Trump administration has pursued an implicit policy of encouraging regime change in Iran.[1] The administration demanded that Iran abandon much of that nation’s foreign policy before the United States will lift sanctions.[2] The Trump administration’s…

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Can the United States Legally go to War Against North Korea?

Zachary Miller, Staff Member Since his election, President Trump has engaged in a war of words with North Korea’s “supreme leader,” Kim Jong-un. Trump has promised “fire and fury,”[1] and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea should war erupt.[2] But under what circumstances would war with the DPRK be legal? The use of military force…

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Trial of Former Child Soldier Begins at the ICC

By Alfredo Hwang, MJIL Staff Member On December 6, 2016, the prosecution of Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier abducted by the Ugandan rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (“LRA”) who eventually became the commander of the LRA’s Sinia Brigade, began at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”).[1] What are the Charges Against Dominic Ongwen: A warrant…

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“Sullivan-Plus” Principles as Applied to Ukraine

Vilena Nicolet, MJIL Staff Member The brutal annexation of Crimea by Russia caused uproar in the international community. However, the attempts to remedy the situation failed—Crimea has become part of Russia and left the world cartographers such as Google Maps with a struggle on how to make “everyone” happy drafting politically neutral maps.[1] How come…

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Kim Jong Un’s New “Toy” Missile: Are We Safe Enough?

Shin Young Jo, MJIL Staff Member On February 7, 2016, North Korea launched the rocket “Gwang Myung Sung-4.” Despite United Nation’s Security Council resolution’s banning of North Korea’s research and development on nuclear weapons or ballistic missile technologies, Kim Jong Un’s provocation against the international security has gone off the hook.[1] So what is all…

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House Proposal for Greater Security Checks

MJIL Contributor In light of the recent Syrian refugee crisis and the perceived connection between the influx of refugees and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, government officials around the world have called for stricter screening methods to ensure that resettlement does not impose undue security risks for countries granting asylum. Within the US, the…

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