nationalsecuritylaw panel on drones at St. John’s (April 13)

St. John’s Center for International and Comparative Law
St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law
St. John’s University School of Law

Together with

The American Society of International Law

Global Issue Panel Discussion

When Drones Attack: The Legal and Political Implications of U.S. Policy


Friday, April 13, 2012

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Drones have revolutionized war and counterterrorism operations. Remotely controlled, unmanned aerial vehicles allow intelligence and military personnel to conduct surveillance and attack targets from half a world away. This technology has vastly increased the capabilities of the U.S. to target terrorists and has broadened its capabilities in Afghanistan and other countries.

This panel brings together leading experts in international humanitarian law and U.S. constitutional law to examine key questions raised by the United States’ use of drones , including:

• Under what circumstances do drone attacks violate the sovereignty of foreign states?
• Can a drone attack be considered an act of aggression?
• How will drone technology affect the way armed conflicts are fought and regulated in the future?

• Was the targeted killing of U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki constitutional and consistent with international humanitarian and human rights law?

• What are the legal and political ramifications for waging wars remotely in the future?


Jeffrey K. Walker, Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs; Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John’s School of Law


•Michael W. Lewis, Associate Professor of Law, Ohio Northern School of Law

•Catherine Lotrionte, Executive Director, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, Georgetown University; Adjunct Professor of Law; Georgetown University

•Michael A. Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

•Markus Wagner, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law


St. John’s University Manhattan Campus

101 Murray Street

New York, NY 10007

There is no fee to attend this program, but you must register to attend by replying to Ravin Shah at ravin.shah.jicl.



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