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The Election and International Law: Silence May Be Golden

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by Peter Spiro Let’s just say international law was not a fulcrum in last night’s debate. It’s not like the topic was being discriminated against — many important topics were ignored.  (Among them the Eurozone crisis, climate change, NATO, anything much of Asia beyond China, Mexico or Canada.)  Bob Scheiffer asked a question about drones, [...]

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Remembering Abe Chayes on the Cuban Missile Crisis

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by Peter Spiro With all the 50th anniversary retrospectives, seems like a good time to revisit Abram Chayes’ foreign relations law classic, The Cuban Missile Crisis: International Crises and the Role of Law. It’s a slim volume, a good primer on the legal aspects of the crisis. The quarantine decision might seem legally anodyne to [...]

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US Delegation to Dubai Internet Negotiations To Be Larded With (Dominated By?) Industry Reps

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by Peter Spiro This from the very informative blog at The Hill: Representatives from Google, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft and AT&T will join Obama administration officials at a December conference in Dubai to negotiate the terms of an international telecommunications treaty. The industry members are part of the 95-person delegation representing the United States as it opposes [...]

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In Free Trade Move, Honduras Privatizes Three Cities, Extremely (A New Kind of Company Town?)

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by Peter Spiro Story here: Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving the project. . . . The “model cities” will have their own judiciary, laws, [...]

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