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Rothenberg quoted in the ‘Global Post’
, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the College of Law, was quoted in the
article, “Drone Wars: Is it legal?”, on Oct. 10.
Rothenberg commented on the notion that the federal government decided its own policies in regard to wartime allowances because there is no world government to oversee each country’s policies. Because drones are a fairly new concept, the legality and ethics behind their attacks is undefined.
Rothenberg also said that the military had specific rules outlined in the Law of Armed Conflict, whereas the CIA does not have such restrictions.
“With the CIA, we just do not know – do they engage in legal analysis?” Rothenburg asked. “What is the process by which they review targeting decisions? What body of law do they see pertaining to them?”
Rothenberg has more than 15 years of experience combining field research, project management and scholarship on international human rights and the rule of law. His research focuses on human rights documentation and analysis and transitional justice, particularly truth commissions, amnesty laws and reparations. Rothenberg has designed and managed rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout Latin America including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies and collect and analyze thousands of first-person narratives of victims of severe human rights violations.