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"Justice has been done" - The Killing of Osama Bin Laden and International Law 

Date: Thursday, 12 May, 12:15-13:45

Venue: Annex A, Studiegaarden, Studiestraede 6, DK-1455 Copenhagen K

The killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden during a US operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was widely hailed as major accomplishment in the fight against terrorism. Governments from around the world and the UN Security Council congratulated the United States and President Obama; people were celebrating in the streets of New York and Washington D.C. Little attention has so far been given to the legal questions surrounding the US raid: was it lawful to send US special forces into Pakistan? Can the US legally kill Osama Bin Laden even if he was unarmed? What are the broader repercussions of this operation for international law?

This seminar will feature three short interventions and provide ample space for lively discussion. Topics to be covered will include questions on the use of armed force, international humanitarian law and human rights. The seminar is organized by EICRIM, a research group at the Faculty of Law focusing on the interplay of law with conflict and justice.

The panelists for this seminar will be:

  • Martin Mennecke, assistant professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Anders Henriksen, assistant professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Peter Vedel Kessing, senior researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights

The event will be moderated by Professor Jørn Vestergaard, University of Copenhagen.

The seminar is public and all interested are welcome to attend!