Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park, Classroom A

The International Human Rights Program


The Muslim Law Students Association


Challenging America’s Targeted Killings Program in U.S. Courts:

Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta

Jameel Jaffer

Director, Centre for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

January 15, 2013

12:30-2:00p.m. (lunch will be served)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park

Flavelle Classroom A: FLA (Basement)


Routinely since 2009, the U.S. has carried out deliberate and premeditated killings of suspected terrorists overseas. In Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) allege that the U.S. government’s killings of three American citizens in Yemen last year violated domestic and international law.  This case follows an unsuccessful suit filed by the ACLU and CCR in 2010 (Al-Aulaqi v. Obama) challenging Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s placement on the government kill list.  

Jameel Jaffer, originally from Toronto, directed the ACLU’s National Security Project from 2007-2010 and is currently the Director of the ACLU's Center for Democracy. Since 2004, has served as a human rights monitor for the military commissions at Guantánamo. His book, Administration of Torture, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007. Prior to joining the ACLU, he clerked for Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.