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Corporate accountability and Iranian drones in the Ukraine war: Could sanctions lead to prosecutions for international crimes?

Throughout the Ukraine conflict, allegations have been made against foreign businesses for providing various types of direct or indirect support for Russia’s military attacks. Most recently, firms were…

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Twenty Years of Drone Attacks

On November 2, 2002, the United States conducted its first targeted killings using a drone. CIA agents based in Djibouti launched the drone’s two Hellfire missiles at a…

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A Reply to Professor Kraska on the Iranian Shootdown of the US Global Hawk Drone

Prof. Kraska has argued in his latest EJIL: Talk! article that the incident regarding the downing of a US drone by Iran happened due to the…

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Germany and its Involvement in the US Drone Programme before German Administrative Courts

On 19th March 2019, the German Higher Administrative Court for North Rhine-Westphalia rendered a highly interesting and important judgment. It addresses no less than the compatibility of US…

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The International Legal Framework Regulating Armed Drones

Last week I had the pleasure and honour of delivering the International and Comparative Law Quarterly's Annual Lecture for 2017 together with…

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New Drone Report by UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights

Following up on yesterday’s post on the Eye in the Sky, today the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights published an important…

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Eye in the Sky

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the new movie starring Helen Mirren and the late great Alan Rickman, Eye in the Sky. I was simply…

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UK Parliamentary Inquiry into UK Policy on the Use of Drones for Targeted Killing

In August this year, the United Kingdom carried out a drone strike in Syria for the purpose of targeting a member of ISIS (see previous discussion on this blog…

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