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10am today: State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh to testify on war powers and Libya

Harold Koh

Harold Koh

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh will be testifying before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee at 10am on Libya and War Powers. The link to the Committee website for live-streaming can be found here. The New York Times speculates about Koh’s testimony, noting:

Mr. Koh is expected to assert that the American role does not constitute “hostilities” for legal purposes. And he is likely to reprise and expand on the arguments the administration has been making for the past several weeks: that the United States’ role is largely one of supporting allies; while it is firing some missiles, the amount of munitions involved is a small fraction of previous engagements like the one in Kosovo; there are no ground forces and little chance of American casualties; despite some NATO allies’ open goal of driving Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power, the military mission is constrained from escalating beyond protecting civilians under a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The details on the hearing follow:

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Senator John Kerry


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


10:00 AM


419 Dirksen Senate Office Building


If written testimony is available, it will be posted immediately after the hearing adjourns.

Witness: Panel One

    The Honorable Harold Koh
    Legal Adviser
    U.S. Department of State

Witnesses: Panel Two

    Mr. Louis Fisher
    Scholar in Residence
    The Constitution Project
    Silver Spring, MD
    Mr. Peter Spiro
    Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law
    Temple University, Beasley School of Law
    Philadelphia, PA

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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