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The Use of Drones and the Law

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Debate
German and English language

The US has increased the use of drones against identified enemies, in particular during the Obama administration. These decisions to kill are made without any formal procedures complying with constitutional guarantees. What repercussions does this have on the Western democratic understanding of a constitutional state?

Speakers

Former US-Navy Fighter Pilot; Ella A. & Ernest H. Fisher Professor of Law, Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University, Ada
Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna; Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, Vienna; Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Vienna

Michael W. LEWIS

Former US-Navy Fighter Pilot; Ella A. & Ernest H. Fisher Professor of Law, Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University, Ada

 Professor Lewis joined the Ohio Northern faculty in August, 2006. Lewis flew F-14's for the United States Navy in Operation Desert Shield, conducted strike planning for Desert Storm and was deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq. He was a Topgun graduate in 1992 and was featured in a NOVA documentary on Topgun and aircraft carriers. After his naval service, Lewis graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, and served as a litigation associate with McGuireWoods, LLP, in Norfolk, Virginia. He currently teaches Commercial Law, International Law, a Law of War Seminar and Torts. He has also taught Corporate Finance and Accounting for Lawyers.

Dr. LL.M. Manfred NOWAK

Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna; Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, Vienna; Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Vienna

since 1973 Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Constitutional Law, International Law and Human Rights, Law School, University of Vienna
1987-1989 Director, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University
1989-2001 Professor of Law, Austrian Academy of Public Administration, Vienna
1996-2003 Judge, Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
1993-2006 United Nation Expert on Enforced Disappearances, Geneva
2004-2010 United Nation Special Rapporteur on Torture, Geneva
 Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund, Sweden (2002, 2003), Venice (2004), Geneva (2008, 2009), Stanford (2014)
since 2012 Vice-Chair of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, Vienna