Professor Marjorie Cohn spoke at the Interfaith Conference on Armed Drones at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey that ran from January 23-25. At the conference, Professor Cohn drew from her book Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues where she discussed the illegality of targeted killing and assassination off the battlefield. Professor Cohn also explained why killing with drones in an armed combat zone may also be immoral, using the ‘sleeping soldier’ example. She detailed why the administration’s rationales for its targeted killing program violate the law.
The conference was attended by 150 representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian, and Quaker faiths, as well as several anti-drone activists.
Professor Cohn’s interview on this topic appeared on Philly.com.
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