Sunday, October 17, 2010

Do Drone Attacks Violate International Law?

The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute recently hosted a debate on the questions of "Are U.S. Drone Attacks in the 'War on Terror' Lawful? Do They Make for Sound Foreign Policy?"  The debate participants were:

  • Kenneth Anderson, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and
  • Mary Ellen O'Connell, the Robert & Marion Short Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

The event already took place, but luckily it was recorded and you can click here to listen to that debate.  We imagine that it will be a popular website around the world because the issue of drone attacks happens to be the subject of this year's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition problem, sponsored by the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

The website for the debate also includes a suggested reading list that Jessup Students will find of particular interest for the 2011 season.  It includes:

  • Articles by Kenneth Anderson, Mary Ellen O'Connell, Jordan J. Paust, Afsheen John Radsan, and Richard W. Murphy;
  • Congressional Testimony from Kenneth Anderson and Mary Ellen O'Connell;
  • A 2010 Report of the Special UN Rapporteur in Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions;
  • Other popular media articles (for additional background and context); and
  • two court cases (CCR v. OFAC and Al-Aulaqi v. Obama).  

Hat tips to the International Law Students Association and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

Click here to listen to the debate.


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