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Drones and the UK counter-terrorism strategy

Drones and the UK counter-terrorism strategy
Published on: 25 May 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Drones and the UK counter-terrorism strategy
  • What are the legal uncertainties surrounding UK drone strikes?
  • What would be the next steps the government could take to clarify the legal position and provide legal protection for those involved in the chain of command for such uses of lethal action?
  • How big is the risk of legal challenges? What form could they take and who would they likely be against?
  • Have there been any similar issues in the past that could provide some insight/lessons?
  • Are UK laws generally equipped to deal with the use of drones in a military context or has technology gotten ahead of regulation?
  • What are the trends in this area? Do you have any predictions for the future?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: What are the legal implications and uncertainties of the UK’s use of drones for targeted killings as part of its counter-terrorism strategy? Tatyana Eatwell, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, says that without a clear understanding of the rules of international law that apply to the use of lethal force in counter-terrorism operations against individuals not participating in an armed conflict against the state, there is a real risk of the technology being abused. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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