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Wanted Dead or Alive? The Use of Unmanned Drones in Current Conflicts as a Legal Challenge

Since his inauguration, US President Barack Obama has ordered over 120 drone attacks on Pakistani territory. Targeted killings and the use of drones by the US administration raise serious questions of international law. Are the killings covered by the right to self-defense under the UN Charter? Is the lack of a judicial trial justified under human rights law? Are states allowed to concede the right to kill to other states? These are just a few of the numerous questions you can address in your essay. We are looking forward to your ideas!

Deadline: 29 July 2011.
Max. word count: 3 000 words (without footnotes).

If you would like to write an article or are already working on the subject, send in your essay! The best article will be published in the Goettingen Journal of International Law – GoJIL 3 (2011). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info {at} gojil(.)eu!

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