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]
September 27, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday released an interim report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report details that currently the FBI is the only DOJ component to have used UAS to support its mission. However, other DOJ components... ...[read more]
August 14, 2013
by Endia Vereen
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday insisted that US drone strikes must operate within international law. The secretary-general hailed the country's lead role in UN peacekeeping operations and addressed the controversial weapons in a speech at the National University of Science and ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in July 2012 that explored the rising international use of drones. A previous report issued by the GAO in 2004 specified that that 41 countries owned drones, with 32 attempting to develop new drone technology. By 2012, the GAO ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These ...[read more]

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