April 13, 2015
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related matter. The decision comes after ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response to anti-drone activist Haji Abdul Karim Khan's ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Christina Alam
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report published Thursday by the Stimson Center. From a one-year extensive study, the report offers eight recommendations for overhauling UAV strategy ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki played an important role in al Qaeda in the ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by Sean Gallagher
On this episode of the JURIST podcast, JURIST writers and editors discuss some of their favorite articles published on the site this year. A trend emerged in the first three articles of technological advances outpacing developments in the law. JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart discussed ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (GA) called upon nations to ensure military drones are used in accordance with international law in a resolution passed on Friday. The resolution was presented by Switzerland and Pakistan and expressed concern over global compliance with international law in the use of ...[read more]

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