Episode 24: An AUMF for Westeros?

June 20, 2017

In today’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Ziglar v. Abbasi in more detail than you could possibly want.  What’s that one even about, you ask?Damages for alleged violations of the Constitution arising out of the massive post-9/11 immigration sweep.  Let’s just say it was not a good result for the plaintiffs, nor for fans of Bivens doctrine (poor Steve!).  Next comes both an international law and domestic law analysis of the episode on Sunday when a US aircraft shot down a Syrian Air Force jet.  How does the unwilling/unable doctrine match up with the right of a sovereign government to use force against a non-state actor rebelling against it, where that non-state actor is also engaged in coalition operations against the Islamic State?  And does either the 2001 AUMF or Article II carry with it authority to defend coalition partners? Finally, there is an update on the Travel Ban litigation, followed by a spoiler-laden, rambling dissection of what lies ahead in Game of Thrones Season 7.  Because, why not?

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