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UCL CLP: Drones, Morality, and International Law

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

UCL CLP: Drones, Morality, and International Law

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Drones, Morality and International Law 


Professor David Luban

Georgetown University

Chaired by Professor Christine Gray,
University of Cambridge 


on Thursday 16 May 2013, from 6-7pm

UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG


Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (Pending)


About the lecture:


The US use of weaponized drones in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia raises profound questions of morality and law. Are drone killings legitimate acts of self-defense, or extrajudicial murders? Are drones nothing more than a useful military technology, or do they transform the very nature of war? This talk will explore these issues from the standpoint of just war theory and international law.


About the speaker: 

David Luban is University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. In 2012-13 he is co-director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. Luban has also directed Georgetown’s Center on National Security and Law.

Luban’s books include Lawyers and Justice: An Ethical Study(Princeton University Press, 1988), Legal Modernism (University of Michigan Press, 1994), Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and the forthcoming Torture, Power, and Law (Cambridge University Press), as well several edited anthologies on legal ethics and textbooks on international criminal law and on legal ethics.  His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish, most recently a book-length Spanish translation of A Theory of Crimes Against Humanity. His writing includes more than 150 articles on international criminal law, moral and legal philosophy, professional ethics, law and literature, just war theory, and issues surrounding the U.S. “war on terrorism.” He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress on the torture debate.

Luban has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and received the American Bar Foundation’s Keck Award and the New York Bar Association’s Levy Award, both for distinguished scholarship. In 2011 he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University.

Luban joined the Georgetown faculty from the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor of law at the Fordham, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools, and a visiting professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College and the University of Melbourne. A frequent speaker in the United States, he has lectured in fifteen other countries.

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Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens

United Kingdom

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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