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Drone Warfare, International Law, and the Future of World Order


February 6, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 180
In the last decade, the United States has increasingly used drones to carry out air strikes and conduct surveillance as part of its 'War on Terror', often in areas where there is no declared war. As the US reduces its military footprint in the face of a growing budgetary crisis, it continues to expand its reliance on drones in areas like Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan. Are drones legal though? Should questions of legality drive US military policy? Richard Falk, the former Albert G. Milbank Emeritus Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University, has served since 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories since 1967." He has authored over twenty books on international law and politics, focusing on core issues at the intersection of law, human rights, and war, was a member of the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (1999-2001), and is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The talk is co-sponsored by the Stanford International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, the American Constitution Society, the Advanced Degree Students Association, and the Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East