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Since 9/11, the War on Terror has grown ever larger, blurring the line between battlefield and the home front. With enemy combatants no longer wearing uniforms, the distinction between civilian and fighter has become harder to tell apart. The emergence of drones has altered the fight, raising ethical and legal concerns about the role of “targeted killings.” When is a terrorist in a foreign country an imminent threat? Do citizens fighting abroad have right to due process? With international implications, come and hear our distinguished speakers as they discuss the law and its relationship to modern warfare.
PROFESSOR HAROLD KOH
Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School where he formerly served as the fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. He served for nearly four years as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, for which he received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. Professor Koh is one of the leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights in the U.S.
Professor Koh has received seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his
lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals.
He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a member
of the Council of the American Law Institute.
DR AARON RAPPORT
Aaron Rapport's research interests include international security, political psychology, and U.S. foreign policy. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on these topics, as well as qualitative research methodology. His book, Waging War,
Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars, is forthcoming (2015) from Cornell University Press’s Security Affairs series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, and Security Studies.
Dr Rapport has been a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge since 2013. He is also a Fellow at Corpus Christi College, where he directs studies for students in Part I of the HSPS tripos. He was previously an assistant professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Prior to receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, he held pre-doctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.