Mary Ellen O'Connell

About/Bio

Mary Ellen O'Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and is Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution—Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. O’Connell’s research is in the areas of international law on the use of force and international legal theory.

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Remote-Controlled Killing in Dallas

On 8 July 2016, most likely for the first time in history, Dallas, Texas police used a remotely piloted land vehicle — a type of drone — to bomb a criminal suspect to death. When asked whether the bombing was justified, a former Los Angeles police captain said yes: "This was not a conventional police operation. This…

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On Judging v. Legislating in the International Legal System

Gleider Hernández’s impressive book updates Hersch Lauterpacht’s 1933 classic, The Function of Law in the International Community.  Despite Lauterpacht’s more general title, his focus, like Gleider’s, was on adjudication of international law in the international community.  Lauterpacht makes a case for courts as critical institutions of international law.  He responds to concerns of his day…

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Weighing the Cost of War: a response to Kretzmer’s “The inherent right to self-defence and proportionality in jus ad bellum”

Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution–Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame One of the most important points that David Kretzmer makes in his detailed analysis of the principle of proportionality in the jus ad bellum is the following: The question of “[p]roportionality arises … only when the…

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