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Steven J. Barela

Dr. Steven J. Barela

Collaborateur scientifique

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Droit international humanitaire / Philosophie du droit / Terrorisme et la lutte contre le terrorisme / Droit et politique internationaux relatifs aux droits humains / Torture, interrogatoires et des entretiens efficaces / Drones armés / Opérations de désinformation numérique


  • Peer-Reviewed Books 

Lead Editor with M. Fallon, G. Gaggioli and J.D. Ohlin – Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Sole Editor - Legitimacy and Drones: Investigating the Legality, Morality and Efficacy of UCAVs (Ashgate, 2015).

Monograph International Law, New Diplomacy and Counterterrorism: An Interdisciplinary Study of Legitimacy (Routledge, 2014).

  • Refereed Articles and Book Contributions

“Understanding Disinformation Operations in the 21st Century” with J. Duberry in J.D. Ohlin and D. Hollis (eds.), Defending Democracies: Combating Foreign Election Interference in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2021).

“Programming Precision? Requiring Robust Transparency for AWS” with A. Plaw in Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Re-Examining the Law & Ethics of Robotic Warfare (Oxford University Press, 2021).

“Introduction: Legal, Moral and Effective Interrogation” with Jens David Ohlin in Interrogation and Torture (Oxford University Press, 2019).

 “Reclaiming Bentham on Torture” in Interrogation and Torture (Oxford University Press, 2019).

“On Obama and Ill-treatment: Interdisciplinary Policy against Torture’s Return” 20, 1 (March 2018) Human Rights Review 1.

“The U.S. Torture Memos and Democracy” (2016, No. 6) Geneva Hub for Democracy, Highlights.

“Introduction: Legitimacy as a Target” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

“The Question of ‘Imminence’: A Historical View on Anticipatory Attacks” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

“Strategic Efficacy: The Opinion of Security and a Dearth of Data” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

 “Conclusion: Defending Legitimacy” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

 “Judicially Moderated Dialogue and the ‘War on Terror’” in L. Hennebel and H. Tigroudja (eds.), Balancing Liberty and Security: The Human Rights Pendulum (Wolf Legal Pub, 2012).

 “Preemptive or Preventive War: A Discussion of Legal and Moral Standards” (Winter 2004) 33, 1 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 31. 

  • Online Articles and Reviews

The Méndez Principles: Beware Crossing the Line to Psychological Torture” w/N. Melzer, Just Security (June 25, 2021); cross-posted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

The Méndez Principles: Sharpening the View on Interrogation and Utilitarianism” Just Security (June 17, 2021); cross-posted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

The Méndez Principles: Leadership to Transform Interrogation via Science, Law and Ethics” Just Security (June 1, 2021); cross-posted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Disobeying Trump: “Context and Consequences” of Russian Ops” Just Security (September 27, 2018).

What Is the Next Line of Defense Against Torture?” Just Security (June 26, 2018).

Zero Shades of Grey: Russian-Ops Violate International Law” Just Security (March 29, 2018).

Obama’s Bulwark against Torture: Will It Stop Trump?” E-International Relations (March 15, 2017); cross-posted at

Campaign Promises of War Crimes: Now a Stain on the Military” with A. Guiora, Just Security (February 6, 2017)

Cross-Border Cyber Ops to Erode Legitimacy: An Act of Coercion” Just Security (January 12, 2017).

Are Drones Less Accurate than Piloted Aircraft?” w/A. Plaw, Just Security (October 3, 2016).

Bots, Trolls and Dezinformatsiya: The Continuing Russian Campaign to Divide the Democratic Party in the USA,” E-International Relations (September 27, 2017).

The Precision of Drones: Problems with the New Data and Claims on Civilian Casualties,” with A. Plaw, E-International Relations (August 23, 2016).

The New US Anti-Torture Law: A Genuine Step Forward” Just Security (February 12, 2016).

Invited Review of J.D. Ohlin, K. Govern, and C. Finkelstein, Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts in (2016) 1 of 2, Journal of International Criminal Justice.

The Imperative of a ‘Drone Court’” Just Security (October 28, 2015). 

Drone Courts–A Response to Professor Vladeck” w/A. Guiora and J. Brand, Just Security (December 16, 2014). 

Justice, Peace and Jus Post Bellum” with A. Keller, Book Review of L. May, After War Ends: A Philosophical Perspective; D. Philpott, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation; and E. Patterson (ed.), Ethics Beyond War’s End in (Summer 2014) 7, 1 Amsterdam Law Forum.

Invited Review of C. Finkelstein, J.D. Ohlin, A. Altman (eds.), Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World in (2013) 11, 1 Journal of International Criminal Justice.

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