HPCR's Live Web Seminars

(Originally Broadcast on June 15, 2011)

The raid by U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed Osama Bin Laden raised a number of legal questions that are likely to have far reaching implications for future operations. This live web seminar focused on the legal issues that arise in situations where a decision is made to target individuals – potentially outside the immediate theater of hostilities – using military force. Analysis of these issues requires determination of what legal framework(s) properly regulates such use of force. This live web seminar identified and examined such questions, including:

• Legal justifications and counterarguments for military intervention targeting members of armed groups on the territory of another state;
• Applicability of international humanitarian law and/or human rights law to such operations;
• The implications of such operations for the evolving concept of direct participation in hostilities by civilians; and
• Whether there is a need for new norms to regulate such counterterrorism operations.

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Focusing on contemporary challenges to humanitarian law and policy, this series (now in its fifth year) brings together professionals from a wide variety of organizations, including government and UN agencies, local and international NGOs, and universities.…


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Focusing on contemporary challenges to humanitarian law and policy, this series (now in its fifth year) brings together professionals from a wide variety of organizations, including government and UN agencies, local and international NGOs, and universities. These seminars are hosted by the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict research, and feature a different panel of experts in every edition. These recordings include audio, all visual aides, and even a log of all public chat messages made during the seminar.

The Live Seminar Series has just made the leap to Vimeo, and we are uploading all our recorded seminars in reverse order. Stayed tuned for more information, dialog, and respectful debates.

For more, visit http://hpcrresearch.org

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