Live Seminar 34: Beyond the attack on Bin Laden: Implications for Regulating Future Military Operations

June 15, 2011 - 9:00am - 11:30am
Online, United States



Audio-only version:


Watch the recording at: https://hsphevents.webex.com/hsphevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=3900697&rKey=7f051f4c4e691e20
The raid by U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed Osama Bin Laden raised a number of legal questions that are likely to have far reaching implications for future operations. This live web seminar focused on the legal issues that arise in situations where a decision is made to target individuals – potentially outside the immediate theater of hostilities – using military force. Analysis of these issues requires determination of what legal framework(s) properly regulates such use of force. This live web seminar identified and examined such questions, including: 

• Legal justifications and counterarguments for military intervention targeting members of armed groups on the territory of another state; 
• Applicability of international humanitarian law and/or human rights law to such operations; 
• The implications of such operations for the evolving concept of direct participation in hostilities by civilians; and 
• Whether there is a need for new norms to regulate such counterterrorism operations.


Additional materials pertaining to this Live Seminar are available at the IHL Research Initiative Portal.




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