The U.S., Osama bin Laden, and the law


Arabian SeaDid American forces comply with applicable law when they killed Osama bin Laden?  Yes, according to Law School Professor Aziz Huq.  In a recent radio interview (Does the death of Osama bin Laden change the legal game?), Professor Huq states that the killing of bin Laden “falls within the domain of permissible force that can be used by the [U.S.]  military[Rules of Engagement] and doesn’t fall within the prohibition on assassinations that applies to civilian agencies [Executive Order].”  Other commentators have also weighed in on the issue.  Here are links to some selected legal analyses (see also the Lawfare national security blog for summaries of commentary on the legality of killing Osama bin Laden):


About Lyonette Louis-Jacques

Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School
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