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Legal News
3 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text, PDF] request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; JURIST news … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a Senior Volunteer Attorney for the Muslim Civil Liberties Union, argues that drone attacks are counterproductive and hurt American attempts at foreign policy improvement...Just hours after the re-election of US President Barack Obama, a US drone strike was launched just outside of Yemen's capital. Evidence … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School says that the government's unwillingness to clearly define which activities would make someone a 'covered person' under section 1021 of the NDAA likely resulted in a US District Court ruling that the section was unconstitutional...The case of Hedges v. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the Barry University School of Law says that the double standard concerning the killing of US citizens developed as a result of overseas anti-terrorism efforts and is more recently apparent in the domestic "stand your ground" self defense laws...Over the last decade, the US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law says that the current US policy of justifying all targeted strikes with reference to both armed conflict and self-defense has a detrimental effect on both current implementation and future development of the law...US targeted strikes on al Qaeda and … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist J. Wells Dixon, Senior Staff Attorney for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says there is a systematic dysfunction within the bureaucracy of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility that impacts the capability of attorneys to adequately represent their clients...The seizure and review … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that the death of Muammar Gaddafi and one of his sons exemplifies an emerging trend towards the use of targeted and extrajudicial killings instead of attempts to capture and prosecute...The death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi officially brought … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Morris Davis of Howard University School of Law says the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaqi highlights the fact that the CIA drone program violates the law of war because it is a civilian institution, lacking combatant immunity...I have been critical of President Barack Obama's embrace and expansion … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Oct 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law says that despite the confusion as to whether US criminal law or the law of war should apply, the killing of Anwar al-Awlaqi was legal under the law of war, which must govern in this instance...The confusion associated … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2010

Jim Hanson [Senior Director, Warrior Legacy Foundation]: "As reported here: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed [PDF] a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi. I … [read more]

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