Drones and Targeted Killing

Drones and Targeted Killing

Monday, November 4, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

Gary Solis ’71 | Visiting Professor, UC Davis School of Law

You’re invited to attend a discussion of a current American legal issue: the use of armed drones to target and kill specific individuals on the battlefield and elsewhere. Are drones lawful weapons? Who decides? In an armed conflict, where may they lawfully be employed? What constitutes “targeted killing”? Who may lawfully be targeted? Who decides? What are the targeting criteria? May US citizens be killed by US weapons? Where is the “battlefield”? Does the law provide for CIA use of weapons of war? Bring your own questions to this lively discussion of an unsettled issue in the law of armed conflict.

An internationally known scholar on the law of war, Dr. Gary Solis is a visiting Professor of Law at King Hall. In 2006 he retired as a Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he had taught since 1996, directed the law of war program, and been awarded the Apgar Award as outstanding professor.

A 1971 graduate of King Hall, Solis is a retired U.S. Marine with twenty-six years active service. Since then he was a Marine judge advocate, a court-martial judge, and the Head of the Marine Corps’ Military Law Branch in Washington, D.C. He earned his LL.M (criminal law) from George Washington University and his Ph.D. (law of war) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he also taught before moving to West Point.Solis has been a law of war expert witness in courts-martial and Guantanamo hearings, and has provided expert commentary for The NewsHour, ABC and CBS Evening News, the BBC, Firing Line, and Anderson Cooper, among others. His publications include The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law (2010), Marines and Military Law in Vietnam (1989), and Son Thang: An American War Crime (1997).