Targeting Terror: Can the Executive carry out “targeted killings” of US citizens outside of a combat zone?- New York


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The Cardozo International Law Society, Cardozo Students for Human Rights, and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy present

Targeting Terror: 

Can the Executive carry out “targeted killings” of US citizens outside of a combat zone?


Monday, December 6

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room



Anwar al-Aulaqi is an eloquent Muslim cleric who is perhaps the most prominent English-speaking advocate of violent jihad against the United States. Mr. al-Aulaqi is also a United States citizen. The Obama administration has recently taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of Mr. al-Aulaqi, who is now in hiding in Yemen. The authorization to place a U.S. citizen on CIA and military “kill lists” has sparked a debate over the legal and political limits of the drone missile strikes that are now a mainstay of the war on terror.  In August 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights brought a case on behalf of Mr. al-Aulaqi’s father challenging the notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence.

Please join us for a panel discussion of the important constitutional and international legal issues surrounding the case of Anwar al-Aulaqi.  Joining us are Major John Dehn, a professor of military and international law at United States Military Academy, as well as attorneys involved in the case from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Vijay Padmanabhan.


Pardiss Kebriaei

Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

Counsel on Al-Aulaqi v. Obama


Jonathan Manes

National Security Project Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union

Counsel on Al-Aulaqi v. Obama


Major John C. Dehn

Assistant Professor, Department of Law, United States Military Academy


Vijay Padmanabhan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


Please join us after the panel for a sushi and wine reception.

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December 2, 2010