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2:13 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

UK Holds Lecture on Legality of Military Force

The University of Kentucky held a lecture on the legal use of military force Monday.

The event, which took place in the College of Law, featured two speakers.  One was Constitutional law professor Nicole Huberfeld, who discussed what war powers the document gives the president and congress.  She also discussed historical efforts by Congress to rein in the President's authority to make war (such as the War Powers Resolution).

Also present was Dr. Robert Farley, a professor in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, who spoke about changing norms of air power, ranging from indiscriminate bombing campaigns at the turn of the century to the more precise, limited war of the present.  With the increasing controversy over drones, he said he was pleased with this course of discussion. 

“I’m glad that we’re having a much more robust debate given the complexity of how force has been used over the past decade.  We’re having a much more robust debate than we had in the 70s or 80s," Farley said." 

About 30 people attended the event which was a collaboration between UK's International Law Society and Ex-Patt, a foreign affairs magazine of the Patterson School of Diplomacy.