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The United States’ Use of Drones in Pakistan

Editors Note: We feature below a discussion between a group of leading United States academics on the US's targeting of Taliban and Al Qaeda targets  in Pakistan. Each of the discussants is a  leading writer on international law, and on the use of force in particular.  We are delighted to post this discussion on EJIL:Talk! As usual, readers are invited to post their comments below. The discussion kicks off with remarks by Professor Jordan J. Paust , Mike and Teresa Baker Center Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. His initial remarks were originally prepared in response to a request from the media for clarification regarding certain issues arising from US use of drones in Pakistan. The other discussants are Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell (Notre Dame Law School); Professor Leila Sadat (Washington University School of Law, St. Louis); Professor Tony D'Amato (Northwestern University School of Law);…

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Discussion on Use of Force Postponed

We have decided to postpone the discussion of the articles in the EJIL Anniversary Symposium on Use of Force which I announced last week. Fear not, the discussion will take place! We now plan to hold the discussion later this year, when Issue 4 of this year’s EJIL is published. As announced on…

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EJIL:Talk! Discussion on the Use of Force

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting a discussion of articles in the latest issue of the European Journal of International Law. As readers will know, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of EJIL and each issue of the journal includes a symposium on selected areas of international law. In the latest issue (issue…

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Humanitarian intervention: neither right, nor responsibility, but necessity?

I'd like to offer a small "think piece" contribution to a bigger debate, in which I try and tease out a question that has troubled me: do we need a positive right of humanitarian intervention? What would happen if we conceded it was prima facie an unlawful use of force, but was legally (not just morally) justifiable or…

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The OLC Memoranda on Iraq: Revisiting the Case for War

Yesterday, the Office of the Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice released some of its secret memoranda to President Bush, several of which are of interest for international lawyers. Two of them deal with questions of IHL, that is the applicability of the Third Geneva Convention to the Taliban, and of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the…

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