On May 4, 2011, US Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that the killing of Osama bin Laden by US special forces in Pakistan was lawful and justified. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by US special forces during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. Officials from the UN Commission on Human Rights had called for full disclosure of the facts surrounding Bin Laden's death in the immediate aftermath of the operation. US State Department legal advisor Harold Kohn also defended the killing of Bin Laden as legally consistent under US military doctrine.
Learn more about Osama bin Laden and the laws governing war crimes from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on Bin Laden's death from JURIST Guest Columnists Curtis Doebbler and Chibli Mallat in Forum.