Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell was quoted in the Guardian article Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days on Oct. 7

Author: Susan Good

Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell was quoted in the Guardian article Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days on Oct. 7.

Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame, said that according to international humanitarian law, the critical question for determining if US forces committed a war crime was whether they had notified the hospital ahead of the strike if they understood the Taliban to be firing from the hospital.

“Any serious violation of the law of armed conflict, such as attacking a hospital that is immune from intentional attack, is a war crime. Hospitals are immune from attack during an armed conflict unless being used by one party to harm the other and then only after a warning that it will be attacked,” O’Connell said.