Posts on: Drones

Ofilio Mayorga

Double-Tap Drone Strikes and the Denial of Quarter in IHL

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The denial of quarter is prohibited under the customary rules of armed conflict and is considered a war crime under the Rome Statute (see article 8(b)(xii) and article 8(e)(x)). In his book, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency, Daniel Klaidman explains that the Obama administration struggled for some time with the question of whether the administration’s targeted killing... More >>

Rob Grace

Weekly News Roundup: Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding (January 25, 2013)

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[As part of its research and policy project on monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF), the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University aggregates news detailing recent developments in this domain. For more information about this project, visit the project’s webpage. For additional research materials, visit the HPCR Digital Library of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding,... More >>


How to close the gap between law and practice in targeted killing

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[Editor's Note: In its efforts to enrich professional dialogue on contemporary challenges of humanitarian law and policy, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University invites experts in international humanitarian law, humanitarian action, and associated fields to contribute their insights to relevant discussions. We are pleased to welcome the contribution below from Gabor Rona, one of... More >>

Anaïde Nahikian

Taliban vaccine ban: new setback for polio prevention in Pakistan

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  The ongoing fight against polio in Pakistan has suffered a significant setback, as Taliban leaders in the tribal areas have banned all vaccination programs in the region. Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a prominent commander of a Pakistani Taliban faction in North Waziristan, has prohibited anti-polio immunization campaigns in protest of ongoing U.S. drone attacks, prompting leaders in other tribal areas to do the same.   Last year, 198... More >>

Ofilio Mayorga

Briefing Note: On Target? Drone strikes, legitimate military objectives, and civilian casualties

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  Accounts of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia abound. In most cases, news agencies highlight the killing of a top Al-Qaeda member or  “suspected” terrorists hiding in dubious militant compounds. AFP recently reported a new drone attack that killed at least 7 people in North Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal district near the Afghan border. Although the victims were not identified, local... More >>

Dustin Lewis

IHL and UCAVs (aka "Drones")

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The reported use of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs)—also known as “drones”—in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen has engendered a wide variety of responses among international and domestic lawyers and policy analysts, such as last Friday's ASIL Insight by Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell. Indeed, within the past year alone, panelists before the U.S. Congress, the UN... More >>
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