Borgen Speaks at West Point on International Law and Complex Battlespaces

On October 24 and 25th, Professor Christopher J. Borgen, co-director of St. John’s Center for International and Comparative Law, participated in a workshop entitled “Complex Battlespaces: the Law of Armed Conflict and the Dynamics of Modern Warfare,” hosted by West Point’s new Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare and the US Naval War College’s Stockton Center for the Study of International Law. borgen

The workshop gathered a group of scholars, lawyers, and officers (many participants being all three) from the US, the UK, and Israel to consider emergent issues in modern combat, including autonomous weapons, urban warfare, and adversaries that are non-state actors. Borgen’s presentation considered how decisions to recognize, or to refuse to recognize, an entity as a state, a government, or a belligerency might affect that entity’s access to resources and how that might in turn affect its strategy and tactics.

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