Predator Drone Attacks

10 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2012

Date Written: February 22, 2012


There have been both legal and policy criticisms of drone attacks. Much of the legal criticism has focused on alleged violations of international law and the law of war. These criticisms reflect a desire to place some controls on a State's use of force. While this international law debate is important, practically speaking, criticism alone would be unlikely to dissuade the United States from using drone attacks. Any real check must come domestically either from the judiciary or from Congress. This Essay contends that Congress, not the courts, is the only viable means of placing controls on the President's use of drone attacks in the future.

Keywords: Drone Attacks, National Security, Congress

JEL Classification: K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Victor, Predator Drone Attacks (February 22, 2012). New England Law Review, Vol. 46, pp. 27-36, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Victor Hansen (Contact Author)

New England Law | Boston ( email )

154 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
United States

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