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Ohio Northern University’s Phi Beta Delta, Department of History, Politics and Justice and CASE to present forum on ‘Drone Warfare: Legality, Morality, Utility’

Feb 7, 2014

Ohio Northern University’s Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the ONU Department of History, Politics and Justice and CASE (Committee on the Arts and Special Events) present a forum on “Drone Welfare: Legality, Morality, Utility” in the Dicke Forum on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.

The event will feature an excerpt from the recent documentary film “Unmanned America: Drone Wars,” followed by commentary and debate by guests Michael W. Lewis, professor of law at ONU’s Pettit College of Law, and John B. Quigley, professor emeritus from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Michael Loughlin, ONU professor of history, will moderate the program. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session.

Lewis, who teaches commercial law, international law, a law of war seminar and torts, joined the ONU faculty in August 2006. Lewis flew F-14s 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. 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, Va. Lewis has published more than a dozen articles and essays on various aspects of the law of war and the conflict between the U.S. and Al Qaeda. He has testified before Congress on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and on the civil liberties tradeoffs associated with trying some Al Qaeda members or terrorist suspects before military commissions. His op-eds have appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post, and he has appeared on Public Radio International to discuss the increasing use of armed drones in warfare.

Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. At Ohio State, Quigley teaches International Law and Comparative Law and holds an adjunct appointment in the political science department. In 1982-83, he was a visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Quigley is active in international human rights work, and his numerous publications include books and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, East European law, African law, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In 1995, he received the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award. He formerly held the title of President’s Club professor of law.

Phi Beta Delta is the honor society for international scholars. Founded in 1987, the nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. The society hopes to integrate those who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using University sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the University community.

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