ABA National Security Conference Considers Several Enforcing Rule of Law in Gulf Crisis

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Sunday, February 3, 1991
Bruce Zagaris and Caroline S. West
On January 30-31, 1991, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security hosted a conference on the "Crisis in the Gulf: Enforcing the Rule of Law." Several issues on international criminal law, especially the law of war and humanitarian law were discussed. Many of these issues have not been discussed since the aftermath of World War II. The Soviet initiated negotiations over a possible cease fire and an Iraqi withdrawal and the Allied response have accentuated the importance of these legal issues that transcend the Gulf crisis and hence assume historic importance. This article only highlights selected issues that pertain to international criminal law.