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Sweeping Claims and Casual Legal Analysis in the Latest U.N. Mass Surveillance Report

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Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson’s report on “mass surveillance” may signal increasing conflict between the US and world bodies on surveillance issues.  The Emmerson report makes sweeping normative claims but fails to ground those claims in an accurate description of the US surveillance program.  The report claims, for example, that a state must impose the . . .
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U.N. Special Rapporteur Releases New Report on Drone Use

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Friday, February 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Ben Emmerson, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, has released a report in the course of his investigation into the use of drones. The summary reads as follows: This is the third annual report submitted to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on . . .
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A Meta-Study of Drone Strike Casualties: Version 2.0

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Friday, October 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I’ve been thinking about the recent Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports in the context of my Meta-Study of Drone Strike Casualties from this summer, in which I examined the different methodologies used by the New America Foundation (NAF), the Long War Journal (LWJ), the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic (CHRC) to count the number of civilian casualties from drone . . .
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More on the Amnesty and Human Rights Watch Reports

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Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Over at Security States today, Ken and I have a piece adapted in part from my post of Wednesday (to which Amnesty International responds here) on the recent Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports on civilian casualties in drone strikes. The piece combines some of my analysis from the earlier Lawfare post with thoughts of Ken’s added later. . . .
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Readings: The Case for Drones (Now Available at SSRN, No Paywall)

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

With reports released this week critical of US drone strikes and targeted killing from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, this seems like a good moment to mention my own article from the June 2013 issue of Commentary magazine, “The Case for Drones“.  (It has just been posted to SSRN, . . .
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Interim Report by UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson on Drones in Counterterrorism Operations

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

You can find the interim report—the final won’t be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council until 2014, apparently—here. There’s a good bit to pore over in the paper authored by Emmerson, with whom Lawfare chatted during his May fact-finding trip to the United States.  (Just Security’s Sarah Knuckey, who Emmerson consulted in the course of his work, . . .
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A Meta-Study of Drone Strike Casualties

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Monday, July 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

In his widely discussed May 23 speech at the National Defense University, President Obama acknowledged that “much of the criticism about drone strikes—at home and abroad—understandably centers on reports of civilian casualties. There is a wide gap between U.S. assessments of such casualties, and non-governmental reports.” This gap is wide indeed. The range of public . . .
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Ben Emmerson Statement on Visit to Washington

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Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Ben Emmerson, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, issued the following statement on Friday following a visit to Washington. WASHINGTON DC (7 June 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, today concluded a week long visit to . . .
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Ben Emmerson on President Obama’s Speech

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Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism—who Ben and I interviewed for a special edition of the Lawfare Podcast—issued the following statement on President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University: Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights welcomed the President’s speech, and the publication of policy principles governing counter-terrorism . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #31: Special Edition: Ben Emmerson Discusses His Investigation

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, came by the Brookings Institution this morning for a wide-ranging discussion on his investigation of drone strikes. We had planned the interview as a video, but Emmerson’s remarks broke enough new ground that we thought we should release the audio right away. The video will . . .
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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I have a long review in the New Republic of Mark Mazzetti’s excellent new book, The Way of the Knife.  The first half of the review simply summarizes the book, the main point of which is to demonstrate how since 9/11 the CIA and DOD have changed to become like one another.  In short, the CIA has become (in . . .
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Ex-Pakistani President Admits to Consenting to U.S. Drone Strikes

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I wonder what Ben Emmerson was thinking when he watched CNN this evening. Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights who is conducting an investigation into the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, concluded after a visit to Pakistan last month, that  the U.S. drone program was “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial . . .
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The Frenemy Press on Ben Emmerson’s Statement

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Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

As Ben and Gregory McNeal posted earlier, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, issued this statement on March 14 after a three-day visit to Pakistan, in which he concluded that U.S. drone strikes are, in the Pakistani government’s eyes, “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that . . .
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Ben Farley on Pakistan, Consent, and Drone Strikes

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Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Over at the D.C. Exile blog, Ben Farley has this thoughtful post on U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson’s recent statement on drone strikes in Pakistan. It concludes: Pakistan’s behavior in general has been at best ambiguous.  Despite having the capacity to “‘trace and detect any aircraft’” operating near its border with Pakistan and (apparently) the . . .
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U.N. Special Rapporteur Statement on Pakistan and Drone Strikes

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM

This strikes me as a big deal. U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Counterterrorism Ben Emmerson has returned from Pakistan and issued a lengthy statement summarizing his discussions with Pakistani officials. The statement contains a lot of material with consequences of U.S.-Pakistani relations and drone strikes: reiteration of Pakistan’s lack of consent and denial . . .
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The Meaning of the U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Endorsement of Brennan for CIA Director

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapportuer for Human Rights who is conducting an inquiry into the legality of (among other things) U.S. drone strikes, and who has suggested that the United States might have committed war crimes, has told Spencer Ackerman at Danger Room that he supports John Brennan as the Director of the CIA.  Based on conversations with . . .
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Drone Strikes, the UN Special Rapporteur Investigation, and the Duty to Investigate

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Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

[Update – I’ve clarified some points below, at the bottom, in response to reader feedback] Ben Emmerson QC is a British human rights law specialist who currently serves as the UN Human Rights Council’s “Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights” (this poisition is one of several dozen thematic or country-specific investigative entities set up by . . .
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