Targeting with Drone Technology: Humanitarian Law Implications
Co-sponsored by the ASIL Lieber Society and Human Rights Interest Groups
This panel explores the standards governing the rapidly expanding use of drone technology in targeting operations. Presenters will query US policy, focusing on perceived gaps that affect the legal analysis and the factors that counsel for or against greater clarity. Discussion will include (i) the geographic scope of conflict, (ii) targeting conducted by non-military personnel, and (iii) reciprocal application of policy by other countries and armed groups.
Moderator: NAZ MODIRZADEH Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research
Speakers: CHRIS JENKS U.S. Army
Nils Melzer International Committee of the Red Cross
International law, and the world in which it operates, are increasingly both harmonious and dissonant. The Society’s Annual Meeting in 2011 will focus on the evolution of international law in the context of this paradox.
The paradox of simultaneous segmentation and seamlessness raises important questions. Most broadly, when should international law be segmented, and when should it be seamless? What are the mechanisms for deciding this question, and what are the values that inform those decisions? What do these trends say about international law as a coherent system? To what extent are certain groups and their viewpoints excluded or ignored? What does this say about who the influential players within the international legal system are, and how that influence is exercised? What does the existence of competing conceptions of international law itself mean for ASIL's constituents, including judges deciding international issues, practitioners seeking to persuade courts and craft international policy, and scholars seeking to understand and propose solutions to global problems?
Society members are uniquely positioned to tackle these questions with their diverse perspectives, experiences, and areas of expertise, and their unifying commitment to investigating the limits and possibilities of international law. We look forward to an exciting and dynamic meeting that will examine such trends, and their implications for international law and legal institutions in the 21st century.
LTC Chris Jenks
LTC Chris Jenks serves in the U.S. Army.
Nils Melzer serves as a legal advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Naz Modirzadeh is a Senior Associate and Head of Policy at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. She oversees the international humanitarian law and Middle East portfolios.
Ms. Modirzadeh has led HPCR trainings and workshops for humanitarian professionals around the world, including in OPT, Afghanistan, Jordan, and throughout Europe. Ms. Modirzadeh previously worked for Human Rights Watch, and later served as Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Law graduate program at the American University in Cairo.
Ms. Modirzadeh received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.