Should international human rights law regulate the use of drones, detention, and surveillance extraterritorially?

October 28, 2014, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lester Pollack Colloquium Room
245 Sullivan Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY

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About the Event:

National institutions and policymakers have long clashed with international human rights bodies and advocates over the application of international human rights law to actions taken beyond national borders. These disputes continue to intensify as the US, the UK, and other countries increasingly engage in national security operations abroad.  From the expanded use of drones outside of traditional battlefields, to the detention of individuals in covert and overt military operations, to surveillance programs that scrutinize whole populations and heads of state, controversies arise over whether and how such actions should be regulated by international human rights law.

Please join Just Security and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) for a panel discussion with Shaheed Fatima, Ryan Goodman, and Harold Koh on the application of human rights law to extraterritorial national security policies and practices.

About the Panelists:

Shaheed Fatima is a London-based barrister, practicing from Blackstone Chambers. Her diverse practice focuses on international law, administrative/constitutional law and commercial law. She is Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel, 2011-present) and frequently acts for the British Government in both domestic and international litigation. A principal area of her expertise is national security law: she has taught intensive courses in this area, utilizing her wide-ranging national security litigation experience. She is a founding editor of Just Security.

Ryan Goodman is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. He is also Professor of Politics and Professor of Sociology at NYU. He was the inaugural Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. He is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security.

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, for which he received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Koh also serves as a distinguished scholar in residence at NYU Law. Koh is a leading expert on public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He is a founding editor of Just Security.

RSVP here, or email Audrey Watne at audrey.watne@nyu.edu. Lunch will be served.