Gabor Rona

Guest Author

Gabor Rona (@GaborRona1) is a Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Armed Conflict Project at Cardozo Law School. He was previously International Legal Director of Human Rights First, where he advised programs on questions of international law and represented Human Rights First with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the media and the public on matters of international human rights and international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict).

Gabor was also previously a Legal Advisor in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, where he focused on the application of international humanitarian and human rights law in the context of counter-terrorism policies and practices. He represented the ICRC in intergovernmental, nongovernmental, academic and public forums and his articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the Fletcher Forum on World Affairs and the Chicago Journal of International Law, among other publications. He has also taught International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law in the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France and the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He now teaches IHL at Columbia Law School.

Articles by this author:

Russia, the Int’l Criminal Court, and the Malign Legacy of the U.S. “War on Terror”


Apr 1st, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Moment of Truth on Torture Evidence

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Dec 1st, 2021

Can a Pardon Be a War Crime?: When Pardons Themselves Violate the Laws of War


Dec 24th, 2020

Why We Are Suing President Trump

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Oct 8th, 2020

Letter to the Editor: There is No Affront to U.S. Sovereignty in the Int’l Criminal Court Investigation


Jul 2nd, 2020

Letter to the Editor: How About Some Regulation of the Mercenary Industry?


Oct 23rd, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Much More Iceberg Below the Surface on Civilian Casualties


May 15th, 2018

Responding to Goodman’s Memo to the Human Rights Community: Context is Critical


Oct 10th, 2017

When is a Mercenary (Not) a Mercenary? The Case of Foreign Fighters in the UAE’s Military


May 18th, 2017

Reasons to Distrust Intelligence Report on Civilian Casualties


Feb 23rd, 2017

A Just Security Debate!—What’s Wrong with the DNI Report on Civilian Casualties


Feb 7th, 2017

The Recent Ground Raid in Yemen–What the Public is Entitled to Know


Feb 6th, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Chatham House Report and Individual Criminal Liability of Gov’t Officials


Nov 18th, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Bombing Hospitals: Why Bad Actors—Not the Laws of War—Are to Blame


Oct 21st, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Not So Fast on Calling it an “Armed Conflict” Between the US and Syria


Oct 13th, 2016

When Considering CIA Targeted Killings, Don’t Forget International Law!


Apr 5th, 2016

Challenges New Weapons and Humanitarian Assistance Present for International Law


Nov 20th, 2015

Foreign Fighters, Mercenaries, and Private Military Companies Under International Law


Nov 18th, 2015

International Law, Targeting, and Detention in the Age of International Terrorism


Nov 16th, 2015

The Start, End, and Territorial Scope of Armed Conflict


Nov 11th, 2015

Killing a Cleric: Many More Questions Than Answers


Apr 16th, 2015

Obama Administration’s Position on the UN Torture Convention: New? Yes. Significant? Not so much


Nov 18th, 2014

Guest Post: A Reply to Ryan Vogel and Marty Lederman on DoD Directive 2310.01E [Updated]


Sep 18th, 2014

Guest Post: DoD Directive 2310.01E


Sep 5th, 2014

Too Much War, Not Enough Human Rights from the UN Special Rapporteur and European Parliament


Mar 4th, 2014

Extrajudicial Release: A New Rule-of-Law Problem?


Jan 29th, 2014

Equating Terrorism and Bubonic Plague: Bad for Counterterrorism, Bad for the Constitution


Nov 20th, 2013

The Libya Raid to Capture Abu Anas al-Liby and The Persistence of Memory of Due Process


Oct 15th, 2013

Debate (Round 2): A Reply to Corn and Jinks


Oct 1st, 2013

Debate (Round 1): The ‘Lutte’ Against Terrorism


Sep 30th, 2013