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 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]
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 18, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph J. Vacek of the University of North Dakota School of Aerospace Sciences argues that the recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge of the NTSB that struck down the FAA's ban on the commercial use of drones for procedural reasons raises a larger issue concerning ...[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]
December 30, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Monday the selection of six locations that will serve as research and testing sites for non-military applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. In February 2012, Congress ordered the agency to research the use of drones as ...[read more]
October 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Two UN rights experts issued separate reports to the UN General Assembly Thursday calling upon states to increase transparency in the use of drones and to investigate allegations of civilian deaths in drone strikes. According to the UN press release, the report by UN Special Rapporteur on counter- ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Kenneth Hall
A recent report made public by the UN Friday indicates that the US is under-reporting the number of civilian deaths resulting from anti-terrorism drone strikes. In his investigation, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson discovered 33 drone attacks that have resulted in approximately 450 civilian ...[read more]

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