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Craig Martin
Craig Martin is an international lawyer and legal scholar specializing in the use of armed force and the laws of war, and comparative law with a focus on Anglo-American and Japanese law. He is an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law. He studied law in Canada, Japan, and the United States, receiving his doctorate in law from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, following which he practiced as a trial and appellate lawyer in Toronto, Canada, before returning to the academy. He has published scholarly work in the area of both public and private international law, Japanese constitutional law, and negotiation theory. He also publishes opinion pieces and feature articles in other mainstream media. For more see his website.

Entries by Craig Martin

Time to Kill the Term "Officer-Involved Shooting"

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 1:39 PM


If you subscribe to the Facebook page of the organization "Killed by Police", you will receive a depressing parade of daily updates on police shootings. This litany of...

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The Kansas Education Funding Case and Constitutional Democracy

(8) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Co-authored with John Rury, Professor of Education at the University of Kansas.

The ongoing debate in Kansas over school funding is important not only for the state's education policy, but also for how we think about our democracy. Controversy was rekindled at the end of December when a three-judge panel...

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When Should We Violate International Law in Order to Enforce It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:15 PM

The looming military strikes on Syria are being justified as necessary to enforce and maintain a fundamental international law norm, namely the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. It is quite clear that in the current situation, and in the absence of U.N. Security Council authorization, such strikes will...

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International Law and the U.S. Military Strikes on Syria

(43) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 6:52 PM

There has been insufficient analysis, by both policy makers and the media, of the legality of the looming use of military force against Syria. As usual, the law seems to be beside the point. But this not only ignores a key factor, but is rather paradoxical given that one of...

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Boston and the Dangerous Calls for 'Enemy Combatant' Status

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 3:07 PM

The Obama administration announced last week that it would prosecute Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the federal criminal justice system. This should have been unremarkable, but it came amidst a cacophony of voices demanding that Tzarnaev be classified and treated as an "enemy combatant." There were calls to similarly classify...

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Why We Should Not Support an Israeli Attack on Iran

(24) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:32 AM

The Canadian newspapers reported this week that Prime Minister Netanyahu would be seeking the support of the Canadian government for a possible military attack on Iran. There is increasing speculation that Israel will launch military strikes before summer against the nuclear enrichment facilities within Iran, in an attempt...

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Debating Canada's Objectives and Role in Libya

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 1:38 PM

Tomorrow, parliament will debate whether to extend the participation of the Canadian Forces in the NATO operations in Libya. First, it should be said that parliamentary approval of the operation is essential. Legislative oversight of the executive's decisions to go to war is crucial for both democratic accountability and for...

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The Fallacies of the Torture Debate

(13) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 6:06 PM

The torture debate has once again seeped into the public discourse in America, and it has us focusing once again on all the wrong issues. Suggestions have been made that information that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided while being water-boarded helped lead the CIA to bin Laden's door. This has prompted...

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The Legal Implications of Military Intervention in Libya

(22) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 4:44 PM

As the crisis in Libya deepens there is increasing chatter about the possibility of military intervention. At the moment this is suggested most frequently in the form of a no-fly-zone over Libya, in order to prevent Gaddafi from using the air force against civilian protestors.

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New START Is About More Than Russia

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 12:05 PM

The Senate is to take up ratification of the New START treaty for consideration again this week. While much has been written on the debate over the issue, there are important considerations that are not being sufficiently addressed. Quite apart from relations with Russia, a failure to ratify the treaty...

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