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International Law and the Practice of Targeted Killing with Drones

24th May 2012

The British Intitute of International and Comparative Law is pleased to announce

an evening lecture by

Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell, Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution-Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

International Law and the Practice of Targeted Killing with Drones

In 2002, President Bush authorized the CIA to launch a missile strike from a drone on a passenger vehicle in Yemen. The CIA operators were hundreds of miles away in Djibouti; they killed six individuals in a place where no armed conflict hostilities were occurring. Since then, the U.S. has carried out similar attacks in Pakistan and Somalia. Under President Obama attacks in all three countries have escalated. Administration lawyers have attempted to justify these attacks under a variety of international law-related arguments. This talk will analysethose arguments, pointing out their deficiencies, and seeking to understand how the ease of attacking with drones has likely led to the practice of targeted killing, a practice that the United States had condemned until 2001

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Prices and bookings available from 10th May, 2012

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