Dogs of War or Jackals of Terror? Foreign Fighters and Mercenaries in International Law
The threat of “blowback” from foreign fighters, unaffiliated volunteers who join an insurgency in a distant land, has led states to explore a variety of normative mechanisms. Among these is the international legal regime applicable to mercenaries. This short article considers the evolution of mercenarism and the efforts to regulate it. Attempts to fit foreign […]more…
Digital Security: You Are the Weakest Link
Singapore’s decision to cut Internet access from 100,000 public servants accepts the reality: the greatest vulnerability in any network is the people who use it. “The only truly secure system,” Professor Gene Spafford observed of computers in 1989, “is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a […]more…
The growing economic and political significance of Asia has exposed a tension in the modern international order. Despite expanding power and influence, Asian states have played a minimal role in creating the norms and institutions of international law; today they are the least likely to be parties to international agreements or to be represented in […]
As computers surpass human intelligence and take on greater responsibilities, should they be given rights also? This essay considers the evolution of the Turing Test for machine intelligence and its relationship to ongoing debates about legal personality and artificial intelligence.
The United Nations is a vital part of the international order. Yet this book argues that the greatest contribution of the UN is not what it has achieved (improvements in health and economic development, for example) or avoided (global war, say, or the use of weapons of mass destruction). It is, instead, the process through […]
Artificial intelligence is viewed by many as the defining technology of the 21st century. But how can we ensure that its benefits outweigh the potential risks? This think piece takes the one-year anniversary of the first pedestrian death caused by an autonomous vehicle to consider the question of whether and how regulation can mitigate the […]
Prior to independence, legal education was all but non-existent in Singapore and many other colonies. This essay brieﬂy discusses that colonial context before going on to describe how the National Uni-versity of Singapore Faculty of Law came to play an important part in Singapore’s rule of law story as Singapore’s national law school, a global […]
Are universities the means by which a society produces employees to fulfil specific roles in the economy? Or should we cater to the needs and desires of individual students (and their parents)? Put more simply, are our students products? Or are they customers?
Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Kosovo conflict that was the genesis of the responsibility to protect (‘R2P’). This doctrine was developed precisely as an alternative to humanitarian intervention — the notion that unilateral force can be used to protect human rights in another state. The term was coined by a commission established […]