nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: Greg McNeal on Collateral Damage in Combat Operations
Upcoming Event: Federalist Society International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum featuring Professor Greg McNeal, on “Collateral Damage in Combat Operations”
Note that this one takes place tomorrow at 1pm eastern:
Collateral Damage in Combat Operations
A Teleforum Sponsored by the International & National Security Law Practice Group
Professor Gregory S. McNeal*
Pepperdine University School of Law
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
at 1:00 p.m. (EST)
No registration is necessary.
To participate in this practice group Teleforum, please dial 888-752-3232
on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) via telephone.
Professor Gregory McNeal will discuss how the U.S. military implements its International Humanitarian Law obligation to mitigate and prevent harm to civilians during combat operations. He will describe the process the U.S. military follows to estimate and mitigate the impact of conventional weapons on collateral persons and objects in most pre-planned military operations involving air-to-surface weapons and artillery.
In recent years, an entire body of academic literature and policy commentary has been based on an incomplete understanding of how the U.S. conducts military operations. The literature is incomplete because U.S. practices are shrouded in secrecy and largely inaccessible. As a result commentators have lacked a descriptive foundation to analyze and critique U.S. operations. Their writings have focused on easily describable issues such as whether a target was a lawful military objective, and then typically shift attention to the question of proportionality balancing and collateral damage. These commentators skip an important aspect of actual practice – the scientifically grounded mitigation steps followed by U.S. armed forces. Those mitigation steps are designed to ensure a less than 10% probability of collateral damage resulting from any pre-planned operation.
You can read Professor McNeal’s recent paper on this topic by clicking here.
*Professor McNeal is a national security specialist focusing on the institutions and challenges associated with global security, with substantive expertise in national security law and policy, criminal law, and international law. He previously served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Security, co-directed a transnational counterterrorism program for the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as an advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His legal scholarship has been published by The Northwestern University Law Review, The Richmond Law Review, The DePaul Law Review, and various top ranked international law and policy journals. His co-edited book Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal was selected as one of three finalists for L’Association Internationale de Droit Penal’s Book of the Year Award.
During law school Professor McNeal was selected as executive editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Symposium Edition). His doctoral work focuses on public policy and administration and organizational theory in a global policy context. Professor McNeal has testified before Congress, consulted with Congressional committees, the Iraqi High Tribunal, and Fortune 500 companies on matters related to counterterrorism, international criminal law, and national security. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army.
He is the editor in chief of The National Security Law Report, the flagship journal of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on National Security Law, and Vice President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law. His popular writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Baltimore Sun. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, NPR, BBC, C-SPAN, CNN and other national media outlets as an expert commentator on national security and international law, and is a frequent participant in academic symposia regarding national security. He has been quoted by Time Magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. He blogs at The Law and Terrorism Blog and maintains an SSRN account.
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