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Targeted Drone Strikes and the Growing Unrest in Yemen

By   /  January 1, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, International Law, International Security, News & Events, Remote Targeting, Use of Force  /  No Comments

By James Feeney Less than a month after the deadly terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States launched its first-ever deadly targeted drone strike and changed the way the United States conducted warfare in the future. Drone strikes dramatically increased since then and have been used in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, […]

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Targeted Killings: The Blurry Lines of Applicable Legal Frameworks in the Context of Global Terrorism

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  AUMF, Counterterrorism, Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Remote Targeting  /  No Comments

Is it legal to use Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology to target and kill people suspected of terrorist activities? The short answer: it depends. The ever-expanding technology used in combat, married with the transnational arena in which wars are now waged has compelled lawmakers to reconsider traditional customs and laws that govern war. The interplay […]

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Drones and Unintended Consequences

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  AUMF, Featured, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The introduction of new technology to warfare holds the potential for unforeseen consequences as the law and norms regulating the use of such technologies attempts to catch up. The Obama Administration recently expressed concern over the proliferation of drone technology and called for global rules governing their use. Like the transnational arms trade, bilateral treaties […]

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Experts Challenge Legality of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan

By   /  October 23, 2010  /  Experts, News & Events, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In the past week, U.N. investigators and law professors alike have spoken out concerning the CIA-directed drone strikes on al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, argued in a report to the U.N. General Assembly that this program raised serious and unexamined concerns regarding the […]

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WCL's Kenneth Anderson on Nat'l Journal Targeted Killings Issues

By   /  January 13, 2010  /  Experts, News & Events, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Last week at Opiniojuris.org, WCL Professor Kenneth Anderson discussed and linked to two National Journal articles on UAV killings. The articles discuss the Obama Administration’s greatly increased use of UAVs and growing legal concerns surrounding targeted killings. In his blog commentary, Anderson suggested that both are essential reading, with the latter article serving as good […]

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