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The World Today presents: A Legal Perspective on Targeted Killings: From Al-Qaeda to Soleimani
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Perry World House | Global Policy Lab


On January 3, 2020, a U.S. drone strike killed the Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq. The incident sparked a furious reaction across the Middle East – but was it legal? International and U.S. law both regulate the use of force, but there are situations where it is permitted under the law.

In this edition of The World Today, legal expert and Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellow Elena Chachko will explore the legal implications of U.S. targeted killings in recent years.


Portrait of Elena ChachkoElena Chachko is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House. In fall 2019, she was also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She was previously a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and also worked as an Analyst and Liaison Officer at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a law clerk for Chief Justice Asher D. Grunis at the Supreme Court of Israel. She has written papers for Yale Journal of International LawAmerican Journal of International Law UnboundHebrew University Law Review, and Lawfare, and will publish a paper on Administrative National Security in Georgetown Law Journal in 2020.

Chachko is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. She earned her L.L.M. from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar, and received her L.L.B. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.