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David P. Fidler, JD, MPhil Biography
||James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law
||Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The U.S. position on its use of force against Iraq in March 2003 was partly based on updating the customary doctrine of anticipatory self-defense for the threat posed by state adversaries possessing or pursuing WMD. Even though the United States also defended military action against Iraq on the basis of upholding UN Security Council resolutions on Iraqi WMD disarmament, the war against Iraq revealed the United States’ desire to deploy a doctrine of preemptive self-defense that would deter states from pursuing WMD and provide the United States with a course of action if deterrence failed...
"Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Law," ASIL Insights, Feb. 2003
...[T]he still ongoing debate about the U.S. position on preemptive self-defense in connection with WMD threats and its impact on the international law on the use of force illustrates that policy and international legal thinking on WMD have moved beyond the arms control approach."
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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
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||James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, 1995-present
Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, Indiana University School of Law
Director, Center on American and Global Security, Indiana University
Senior Scholar, Center for Law and the Public's Health, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities
Member, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
Editor, ASIL Insights
Legal Consultant for: World Bank Group, World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Defense's Defense Science Board, Federation of American Scientists Working Group on Biological Weapons, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Working Group, and the Public Health Law Programme at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa
Associate, Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, Kansas City, 1993-1995
Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, London, 1991-1993
Lecturer, University of Oxford, 1990-1993
||BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law), University of Oxford, 1991
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
MPhil, International Relations, University of Oxford, 1988
BA, summa cum laude, University of Kansas, 1986