Lethal Robotics, Drones, and Targeted Killings

The Global Justice Clinic is currently involved in a range of investigative, research (legal, policy, technological), and advisory work related to the development and use of lethal robotics technologies. This work includes research on the international humanitarian law and human rights law implications of autonomous lethal robotics; the hosting of a multi-disciplinary expert consultation for the current UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions on autonomous lethal robotics and the right to life; and research on the national and international mechanisms for regulation of lethal robotics.

The Clinic is also undertaking multi-jurisidictional research on the proliferation of unmanned lethal technologies generally, as well as legal research and analysis of nation state views on the use of lethal force and targeted killings practices.

In September 2012, with the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School, the Global Justice Clinic co-published Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan.  This report addressed civilian impacts of drones in Northwest Pakistan, and strategic and legal issues arising from U.S. targeted killings policies.  The report also examined the nature of media reporting on drone strikes, and assessed current drone strike aggregators.  Further information about this work is available at the Living Under Drones website.