Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell has agreed to participate in a bipartisan, off-the-record, bicameral staff briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on the use of armed drones in conflict areas. At the December 9 briefing, Prof. O’Connell will be asked to discuss the current use of drones, the legal and ethical ramifications of the technology’s use, and the future of drone warfare from a strategic and moral perspective.
The briefing is being organized by the Partnership for a Secure America.
Professor O’Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution—Kroc Institute. She is the author of “The Power and Purpose of International Law” (Oxford University Press, 2011) and editor of “What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11” (forthcoming Martinus Nijhof). Her primary research focuses on international legal regulation of the use of force and conflict and dispute resolution.