April 13 Friday

Yemen: Is the U.S. Breaking the Law?

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Room 128
  • Open To The Public
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The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges, directed by Professor Oona Hathaway, is convening a half-day conference on the legality of U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The conference will bring together legal scholars and practitioners to discuss the implications of U.S. support under both domestic and international law.

Since 2015, a war has raged in Yemen between an alliance of local faction and a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia. The conflict has caused thousands of deaths, forced millions of people to flee their homes, and pushed the country to the brink of famine. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have killed hundreds of civilians, while a blockade has restricted the flow of vital supplies available to Yemen’s population. The United States has played a large role in this war, providing weapons, intelligence, targeting expertise, and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition.

The first panel will address whether U.S. support violates domestic law, including the War Powers Resolution, the Arms Export Control Act, the Foreign Assistance Act, and the War Crimes Act. The second panel will focus on international law, including Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, Article 16 of the ILC Draft Articles on State Responsibility, and Common Article 1 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

Both panels will be livestreamed on the website Just Security. In the weeks leading up to the conference, Just Security will also publish a series of nine articles on Yemen written by Professor Hathaway and her team.

Register here


Panel One: Domestic Law



W. Neil Eggleston
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
White House Counsel, 2014–2017

Robert M. Chesney
Charlies I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Ryan Goodman
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Panel Two: International Law (Lunch served)



Avril Haines
Senior Fellow, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and National Security Law Program
Deputy National Security Adviser (2015-2017)
Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2013-2015)

Nathalie Weizman
Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Brian Finucane
Attorney-Adviser for Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Kristine Beckerle
Yemen & UAE Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch


Sponsoring Organization(s)

Center for Global Legal Challenges