Now That’s a Broad Reading of the Jus Ad Bellum!
The European Parliament has just overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the use of armed drones. I’ll leave it to others to do the hard work of analyzing the resolution, but I couldn’t let this paragraph pass without a mention (emphasis mine):
E. whereas drone strikes outside a declared war by a state on the territory of another state without the consent of the latter or of the UN Security Council constitute a violation of international law and of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of that country.
The last time a state formally declared war was 8 August 1945, when Russia declared war on Japan. So much for Art. 51 of the UN Charter…