Are Targeted Killings and Drone Warfare Unlawful?

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 I will be presenting at Brigham Young University, School of Law.  The event is entitled “Are Targeted Killings Unlawful?” and it will feature commentary by law of war expert and former JAG, Professor Eric Jensen.

From the host’s description:

The Federalist Society is kicking off the school year with a timely event. Tomorrow we will welcome Gregory S. McNeal from Pepperdine Law School who will speak on targeted killing and accountability. Our own Professor Eric Jensen will provide a comment on the topic and help lead the discussion.

The event will be held at 12:00 PM in the Moot Court Room (303). J Dawgs will be served.

BIO: Greg McNeal is a national security specialist whose research focuses on the institutions and challenges associated with international security.  His areas of expertise include national security law and policy, transnational crime, global policy studies, and international law.  He is a Forbes contributor where he writes a column about law, policy, and security.  His current book project (under contract with Oxford University Press) focuses on the investigation and prosecution of national security related crimes.

TOPIC: In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, many different weapons have been developed to combat the war on terror (or whatever you want to call it). One of the most important developments has been that of drone warfare. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are employed to target specific people or locations. Their use, however, has not come without controversy. Several arguments, including an increase in civilian casualties, have been made against the use of drones for targeted killing. Prof. McNeal recently wrote an article on this topic. Tomorrow, he will discuss targeted killing and accountability.

Read Prof. McNeal’s Articles


targeted killings

Are targeted killings unlawful?

For more on this issue, see my article Kill-Lists and Accountability.

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