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Drone Strikes: Expert panel discussion at SMU April 11

Dilemmas surround the use of unmanned aircraft

April 9, 2013

droneDALLAS (SMU) — Judicial and ethical dilemmas surrounding the use of unmanned aircraft will be explored by some of the nation’s top law and human rights scholars during the panel discussion “Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in Dedman School of Law’s Karcher Auditorium.

The event, free and open to the public, will include complimentary refreshments by registering at

Featured panel members are:

  • Jeffrey Kahn: SMU Dedman School of Law professor who teaches and writes on American constitutional law, Russian law, human rights and counterterrorism; author of the forthcoming U.S. national security-related book, Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists (University of Michigan Press).
  • Chris Jenks (moderator): SMU Dedman School of Law professor and decorated military veteran who has worked as a senior leader in the U.S. Army’s litigation division, as an attorney adviser at the Department of State and as chief of the International Law Branch of the Office of The Judge Advocate General in the Pentagon.
  • Naureen Shah: associate director, Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project in Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute; lecturer-in-law and acting director of the Human Rights Clinic.
  • Michael Lewis: Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law professor and ‘Top Gun’ graduate who flew F-14s for the U.S. Navy in Operation Desert Shield and conducted strike planning for Operation Desert Storm.

Sponsors of the event are SMU’s American Constitution Society, Amnesty International, Embrey Human Rights Program, Human Rights Law Association, International Law Society and the Muslim Law Students Association.

For more details contact Safa Peera at





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