Steve Vladeck


Steve Vladeck is a professor at American University Washington College of Law. He co-edits the Just Security blog.

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Why Obama Should Veto 9/11 Families Bill

by Jack Goldsmith, Steve Vladeck via CNN
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

President Obama has said he will veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a bill that purports to make it easier for 9/11 victims and their families to sue Saudi Arabia in US federal court for its alleged role in indirectly financing the attacks.

Analysis and Commentary

How To Get Congress And Obama To Agree On Closing Guantanamo

by Steve Vladeck , Benjamin Wittesvia Washington Post
Thursday, January 21, 2016

This month marks both the 14th anniversary of the opening of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the seventh anniversary of President Obama’s commitment to close it within a year.

Analysis and Commentary

Six Questions Congress Should Ask The Administration About Its ISIL AUMF

by Jack Goldsmith, Ryan Goodman, Steve Vladeck via Lawfare
Friday, February 20, 2015

With congressional hearings on the Obama Administration’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the Islamic State on the horizon, we propose six questions that Members of Congress should ask Administration witnesses

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Five Principles That Should Govern Any U.S. Authorization Of Force

by Jack Goldsmith, Ryan Goodman, Steve Vladeck via Washington Post
Friday, November 14, 2014

President Obama has stated that he wants “to begin engaging Congress” over a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State and also that he wants to “right-size and update” the 2001 AUMF “to suit the current fight, rather than previous fights.”