Sunday, June 12, 2011

Go On! Regulating Future Military Operations

The Program on Humanitarian Policy & Conflict Research at Harvard will host a live seminar on "Beyond the Attack on bin Laden: Regulating the Future of Military Operations," featuring IntLawGrrl Alum Mary Ellen O'Connell (below right), among others.
Time/Date: June 15, 2011 - 9:00am - 11:30am
Here is the blurb:
The raid by U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed Osama Bin Laden raised a number of legal questions that are likely to have far reaching implications for future operations. This live web seminar will focus on the legal issues that arise in situations where a decision is made to target individuals – potentially outside the immediate theater of hostilities – using military force. Analysis of these issues requires determination of what legal framework(s) properly regulates such use of force. This live web seminar will identify and examine such questions, including:

• Legal justifications and counterarguments for military intervention targeting members of armed groups on the territory of another state;
• Applicability of international humanitarian law and/or human rights law to such operations;
• The implications of such operations for the evolving concept of direct participation
in hostilities by civilians; and
• Whether there is a need for new norms to regulate such counterterrorism operations.
Shuja Nawaz, South Asia Center at The Atlantic Council of the United States
Mary Ellen O’Connell, University of Notre Dame Law School
Vijay Padmanabhan, Cardozo School of Law
Michael Schmitt, Durham Law School

Details and registration are here.

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