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Drones and the U.S. Courts

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dc.contributor.author Rosen, Richard D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-23T15:17:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-23T15:17:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation 37 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5280 (2010-2011). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1918
dc.description.abstract The United States's use of drones to target leaders of Taliban, al Qaeda, and allied groups has generated considerable debate over the lawfulness of such targeted killings under international law. Assuming that using drones to target suspected terrorists and insurgents violates international law, do the actual or potential victims have remedies in U.S. courts? In other words, may prospective targets seek injunctive or declaratory relief to forestall such strikes, and do the victims of such attacks have realistic claims against the United States or its officials for personal injuries and property damage sustained in the attacks? This article explains the various hurdles to lawsuits challenging U.S. drone policy including standing, the political question doctrine, sovereign immunity, personal immunity, non-cognizable claims, and the state secrets doctrine. These hurdles present a virtually insurmountable barrier to lawsuits challenging the nation’s policy of targeted killings and reinforce the belief that this controversy must be resolved through the political process and outside the courts.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Drones en_US
dc.subject Targeted Killing en_US
dc.subject Sovereign Immunity en_US
dc.subject State Secrets Doctrine en_US
dc.title Drones and the U.S. Courts en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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