A key element of America’s national security strategy has been the use of drones to carry out targeted killings against suspected terrorists. Targeted killings have become increasingly controversial, critics argue that the strikes violate the sovereignty of the nations where the attacks occur, and when those strikes occur outside circumstances of armed conflict amount to extrajudicial killings in violation of international human rights law. The U.S. contends that the strikes are part of America’s armed conflict with al Qaeda, and therefore are lawful strategies pursued pursuant to that armed conflict. Under what circumstances does the President have the authority to order the killing of suspected terrorists? Does he require statutory authorization, such as an Authorization for Use of Military Force, or can he rely on his own inherent power? Is the President bound to abide by treaties and customary international law prohibitions on the use of force? What due process rights are U.S. citizens entitled to when the President chooses to use military force against them? May the President use force against suspected terrorists inside the U.S.?
The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this panel discussion during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Panel 3: “DRONES AND PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY”
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union
- Prof. Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Prof. Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
- Mr. Gregory Katsas, Partner, Jones Day
- Prof. Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Moderator: Hon. Eileen J. O'Connor, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
University of Florida Levin College of Law