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Michael Lewis lectures on drones and drone warfare

Michael Lewis, professor of law, has been sharing his insights into the use of drones and drone warfare.

In May he lectured on legal issues surrounding the use of drones and the development of autonomous weapons to the National Air & Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

In April he was a panelist at the American Enterprise Institute discussing John Yoo’s book “Point of Attack” on proposed changes to the rules governing the use of force.  He discussed the same book with Yoo at a panel presentation to the New York Federalist Society.  He was a panelist for a webcast on the legality of autonomous weapons for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. He was a panelist for a discussion of the legality and efficacy of drones both in foreign armed conflicts and domestic law enforcement with Hillary B. Farber, UMass-Dartmouth. He moderated a panel at University of Pennsylvania Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law on the legal and ethical implications of developments in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) regarding targeting rules for both states and non-state actors.

In March he taught classes on drones and autonomous weapons and on the threshold for the use of force to the Operational Law of Armed Conflict course at the Army JAG School. He debated the President’s constitutional authority to target American citizens overseas at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for Intelligence Squared/NPR Debate, paired with Alan Dershowitz of Harvard, in a debate against Noah Feldman of Harvard and Hina Shamsi of the ACLU.

Lewis delivered a lecture on drones and autonomous weapons to an IHL Workshop sponsored by the University of Illinois and the American Red Cross.

In February, he lectured on the legality and efficacy of armed drones in conflicts with non-state actors at University of Missouri, Kansas City.