Michael Byers

Michael Byers
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of Political Science

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Canada's Department of National Defence recently initiated long-term strategies to acquire a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Canadian Forces. The aim of the initial project, the Joint Uninhabited Surveillance and Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS), is to procure a fleet of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs for domestic sur...
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Climate change and rising oil prices have thrust the Arctic to the top of the foreign policy agenda and raised difficult issues of sovereignty, security and environmental protection. Improved access for shipping and resource development is leading to new international rules on safety, pollution prevention and emergency response. Around the Arctic,...
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The Beaufort Sea maritime boundary dispute has traditionally been understood as involving a wedge-shaped area of maritime space that extends to a distance of 200 nautical miles north of the terminus of the Canada-United States border between the Yukon Territory and Alaska. However, new data collected in pursuit of establishing the limits of the ext...
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The Department of National Defence has determined that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the only jet fighter aircraft that meets its Statement of Operational Requirements (SOR). But the fact that the SOR is not publicly available has stifled debate and precluded a competitive tendering process. In this article, we examine the role currently fulfill...
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Una amplia empatía a raíz de los acontecimientos del 11 de septiembre, al igual que una gran preocupación por el terrorismo, ha hecho posible para Estados Unidos de América (EUA) el asegurar el tan buscado objetivo de una extensión del derecho a la legítima defensa, derecho bien establecido en la costumbre internacional, para incluir respuestas mil...
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It is unlikely that George W. Bush feels constrained by international law when deciding whether to use military force abroad. Nevertheless, many of the United States' allies are reluctant to cooperate with and participate in military actions that cannot reasonably be justified under international law. And supportive allies, while perhaps not strict...
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From Martin Frobisher in 1576 to John Franklin in 1845, generations of European explorers searched for a navigable route through the Arctic islands to Asia. Their greatest challenge was sea-ice, which has almost always filled the straits, even in summer. Climate change, however, is fundamentally altering the sea-ice conditions: In September 2007, t...
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This article examines American conceptions of sovereignty — as they appear in the writings of US scholars of international law, and those US international relations scholars who deal with international law. At first glance, the US literature is dominated by two distinct conceptions of sovereignty: 1. A statist conception that privileges the territo...
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‘Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war’ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I Introduction This article considers the relationship between geopolitical change and the evolving international rules on military force. Its focus is the impact of the United States’ rise to hegemonic status on the rules governing recourse to force (the ju...
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Twelve leading scholars of international law and international relations consider whether the current strength of the United States is leading to change in the international legal system. This book demonstrates that the effects of U.S. domination of the foundations of international law are real, but also intensely complex. The volume stimulates deb...
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The events of September 11 at first seemed to change the Bush administration's attitude towards multilateralism. But this now appears to have been a temporary shift of emphasis and once again the administration is pursuing an essentially unilateralist foreign policy. This article looks at the impact of September 11 on US foreign policy, focusing sp...
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One of several meanings of the term "abuse of rights" provides that there is an abuse of right when the exploitation of an individual right injuriously affects the interests of the community. The concept of abuse of rights derives from national legal systems notwith-standing that its content may vary among states. Abuse of rights has influenced int...
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Much has be written on the legal issues arising out of the United States' armed actions against Iraq in the decade following the Second Gulf War. Authors have disagreed on the interpretation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and the United Nations Charter, on the possible emergence of a right to unilateral humanitarian intervention, and...
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On a Friday evening in October 1998, General Augusto Pinochet, the eighty-two year old former general and dictator of Chile, was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police at the request of a Spanish magistrate. Thus began a saga with profound implications for the substance, enforcement, and public perception of international law. The Pinochet c...
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An appraisal of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. It sheds light on its functions and the process by which it pursues its stated goals of codifying and developing international law. It also addresses the dearth of systematic analysis of the Commission's work.
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In the disaster blockbuster, "The Day After Tomorrow," the shrinking of polar ice caused by climate change unleashes an extreme weather Armaggedon which, among other things, sees the Statue of Liberty engulfed by a tidal wave. The predictions offered here by David Barber, Louis Fortier and Michael Byers are less cataclysmic but equally compelling....
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While the question of the crime of aggression has prompted a num-ber of publications and discussions pertaining to its preferable modalities of inclusion in the Rome Statute, surprisingly few scholars have considered contemporary events and debates on the use of force. Examining develop-ments like the right of unilateral humanitarian intervention (...

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