Litigating the War on Terror: Smith v Obama and the Place of Islamic Law

Professor Andrew March, Yale University

1pm, Thursday 11 Aug 2016

Since 2014, the United States has participated in military operations in Syria against 'The Islamic State' as part of its 'Operation Inherent Resolve'. The US government claims that its use of force against IS in Syria is authorised domestically on the basis of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Al-Qaeda and associated forces. 

In this public seminar Professor Andrew March examined the present fight over the legality of Operation Inherent Resolve from the standpoint of US domestic law, focusing specifically on the recent lawsuit brought by Captain Nathan Smith seeking a declaratory judgment on the legality of President Obama's war against IS. 

Andrew March is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University, and an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.