Arms Control Law among the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 Again!Posted: November 30, 2015 Filed under: Nuclear 3 Comments
I just got word recently that Arms Control Law has been chosen once again for the American Bar Association Journal’s Blawg 100 list, as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. You can see the new list here. This marks the third year in a row that ACL has received this distinction.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate ACL for this recognition again. I really appreciate it.
I’d also like to thank all of the contributors to the blog who have written pieces in the past year. I’d like to particularly recognize Jean-Pascal Zanders, whose pieces on CBW have been fascinating.
I know I haven’t written a lot just lately on ACL. It’s been my heavy teaching semester this Fall and I’ve been traveling some. But I have been making some plans for the blog going forward that I’ll announce more formally soon. They include a new podcast series that I’ve been developing with the IT staff here at Alabama Law. I think that will be an exciting new feature.
For those interested, my book on Iran is in the final stages of writing. I had to step back a bit from the manuscript when the JCPOA was announced this summer. I was actually just about done with the manuscript when the deal was announced. But my publisher and I eventually agreed that it would be best to hold off publication until I could write a serious final chapter covering the JCPOA and its legal implications. That has meant monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA closely, and trying to choose a moment when the deal is solidified in its status to write the final chapter. I think we’re fast approaching that point now, with the IAEA report on PMD due this week, setting the stage for the likely occurrence of Implementation Day during January or February. So I hope to have the manuscript done within the next month or so. This will (hopefully) mean that the book will be in print by May-June. I’m trying to convince OUP that the book will appeal to a broad enough audience to justify a paperback edition and a hardback edition. I really want the book to be widely read, and having a less-expensive paperback option would really aid in that.
I’m sure I’ll have some things to say about the IAEA PMD report when it comes out this week. So far we’re hearing that it won’t be definitive about whether Iran engaged in weaponization R&D pre-2003. France is not happy about that, but it seems that this is the pragmatic choice that has been made. Once the report comes out, the JCPOA says that “the E3+3, in their capacity as members of the Board of Governors, will submit a resolution to the Board of Governors for taking necessary action, with a view to closing the issue, without prejudice to the competence of the
Board of Governors.” (Italics added) So unless France is able and willing to seriously rock the boat, the BoG can be expected to close the PMD investigation in Iran within the next few weeks. Iran has said that it won’t move further toward implementing its commitments under the JCPOA until the PMD issue is closed. So, high drama still afoot and will be for the foreseeable future.
For now, I mostly just wanted to let readers know about the ABA Journal distinction and thank those who contributed to the blog in the past year.
Dan, I am very happy to learn about ACL’s inclusion in the top 100 list. Good work and many congrats! Sergey
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:10:52 +0000 To: email@example.com
Thank you, Sergey. That’s very kind.
It remains to be seen if the accumulated verdicts against Iran in antiterrorism cases filed pursuant to “exceptions” made to the priciple of foreign sovereign immunity, will be used to derail the deal:
“But Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, a non-profit legal assistance group based in Tel Aviv, has sent a letter to 11 American banks warning them that releasing the money now would be a violation of a current U.S. court order intended to compensate victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.”
Since the Iranians never recognized US court jurisdiction, they didn’t appear in the cases, and the plaintiffs were awarded default judgments. The awards are not enforceable internationally, since the violate the principle of sovereign immunity,but the goal was not to compensate victims as much as to create obstacles to any US-Iran improved relations.