Prof. Mary Ellen O’Connell Analyzes the Law Governing Recent U.S. Military Strikes

| By: Charles Williams

Mary Ellen Oconnell video On June 28, Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell was quoted by NPR’s Morning Edition for a story about State Department Adviser Harold H. Koh’s defense of U.S. involvement in Libya.

On June 21, CNN published her analysis of whether U.S. military operations in Libya amount to “hostilities” within the meaning of the War Powers Resolution, and she was subsequently interviewed on the same topic by NPR for a June 23 story on Morning Edition.

On June 15, Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell served as a panelist for a Web seminar hosted by The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University entitled “Beyond the attack on Bin Laden: Implications for Regulating Future Military Operations.”

Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell holds the Robert and Marion Short Chair in Law and is research professor of international dispute resolution at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is a specialist on the international law of armed conflict and is the author of “The Power and Purpose of International Law” (Oxford University Press, 2008). She has been a professional military educator for the U.S. Department of Defense, chaired the Use of Force Committee of the International Law Association (2005-2010), and is a vice president of the American Society of International Law.