Last updated on: 4/11/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
Reasoning:

“We are in the midst of a significant period of drone proliferation, pushed forward on the one hand by governments and militaries, and on the other, by manufacturers seeking to expand markets and profit. Unchecked armed drone proliferation poses a threat to global stability, and, as more countries and non-state actors obtain access to the technology, the risk of US-style practices of cross-border targeted killing spreading are clear…

The ways in which the US has used drones in the context of its targeted killing policies has facilitated an undermining of the constraints of democratic accountability, and rendered resort to lethal force easier and more attractive to policymakers. The decision to use military force must be subject to rigorous checks-and-balances; drones, however, have facilitated the use of killing as a convenient option that avoids the potential political fallout from US casualties and the challenges posed by detention.”

Cowritten with Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” law.stanford.edu, Sep. 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, launched in 2011, addresses a range of situations of rights abuse and violent conflict around the world…

The Clinic engages students in sophisticated and multi-disciplinary advocacy to advance the basic human rights and dignity of victimized individuals and communities globally.”

“Overview,” law.stanford.edu (accessed Apr. 11, 2014)

Mission:

“The Clinic engages students in sophisticated and multi-disciplinary advocacy to advance the human rights and dignity of individuals and communities both in the United States and globally… Our work forces us to be hands-on problem solvers. We focus our research and advocacy methods on the needs of our partners and the context in which we are working.”

“About Us,” humanrightsclinic.law.stanford.edu (accessed Apr. 11, 2014)

Other:
Legal clinic
Contact Info:
Phone
650-723-7639
Email
nriley@law.stanford.edu
Website
humanrightsclinic.law.stanford.edu
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?