September 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report published Thursday by the Stimson Center. From a one-year extensive study, the report offers eight recommendations for overhauling UAV strategy ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki played an important role in al Qaeda in the ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by Sean Gallagher
On this episode of the JURIST podcast, JURIST writers and editors discuss some of their favorite articles published on the site this year. A trend emerged in the first three articles of technological advances outpacing developments in the law. JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart discussed ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (GA) called upon nations to ensure military drones are used in accordance with international law in a resolution passed on Friday. The resolution was presented by Switzerland and Pakistan and expressed concern over global compliance with international law in the use of ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
An administrative judge for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Patrick Geraghty dismissed a fine brought by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against a drone operator Thursday. The ruling effectively strikes down the FAA's bans on the use of commercial drones put in place ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A Pakistani judge on Wednesday ordered the nation's Interior Ministry to hand over anti-drone activist Kareem Khan for a court appearance slated for late-February. Khan reportedly brought legal action against the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Pakistani government after a 2009 drone ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday condemned the December 27 shelling of a funeral procession that killed 21 Yemeni civilians and injured 30 others. The attack resulted in the establishment of an investigation committee by ...[read more]

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