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More on Drones, Self-Defense, and the Alston Report on Targeted Killings

First off, some personal news - I am very happy to report that I will be taking up a lectureship at the University of Nottingham School of Law starting this September. It's a truly excellent school, with some wonderful colleagues, and I do look forward to working there. Now, on to business: The whole Gaza flotilla affair has occupied so much public attention and legal commentary that there has been little response so far to the publication of Prof. Philip Alston's report to the Human Rights Council on targeted killings. The report is on any view a valuable contribution to the debate. Over at Opinio Juris, Ken Anderson has published a short 'not-yet-response' to the report, and I'd like to add a few thoughts of my own, mostly with regard to the relevance of self-defense. The independent self-defense justification for targeted killings As readers are aware, Ken has in the past argued for self-defense as an independent justification for (some) targeted killings. He has done so (and I am in full agreement with him on that…

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Harold Koh on Targeted Killings

Professor Harold Koh, the Legal Adviser of the US State Department had a keynote speech on Thursday at the ASIL conference in which he for the first time articulated the Obama administration’s legal rationale for its policy of targeted killings, e.g. by drone attacks in Pakistan. As predicted in many quarters, he basically argued that (1) the US is in…

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Drones and Targeted Killings: Can Self-Defense Preclude Their Wrongfulness?

Ken Anderson has an excellent, very interesting post regarding the US strategy of using drones for targeted killings of suspected terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere (a topic we've addressed at the blog before). He argues that, as a matter of both law and policy, the current justification of the US government for its targeted killing practices is insufficient,…

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The Wikipedia Approach to Reality

I was reading the news today, and was again struck for the umpteenth time by the ease with which people slip into what I now like to call the Wikipedia approach to reality - a phenomenon that I'm sure psychologists have defined in a much more sophisticated way as some form of cognitive bias or another. Take a look at…

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