Wednesday, March 31, 2010

U.S. Drone Strikes in International Law

The use of drones  (radio-operated pilotless aircraft)  in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia was justified by Harold Koh, former dean of Yale Law School  and current State Department legal adviser, in a speech at the American Society of International Law on March 25th.

NPR's Morning Edition, of March 26, has a short report about his remarks.
4 min 14 sec, transcript available
NPR's Talk of the Nation, of March 30 has a longer discussion.
Speakers include Peter Bergen, journalist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, Amitai Etzioni, professor of international affairs and sociology at The George Washington University and Philip Alston, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
30 min 19 sec, transcript available

You can find highlights of Harold Koh's remarks on
7 min, no transcript