Mary Ellen O'Connell

Mary Ellen O'Connell

Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Notre Dame Law School

3104 Eck Hall of Law


  • International law
  • International legal regulation of the use of force
  • Conflict and dispute resolution

The meaning of 'assassination' takes on significance in debate over legality of Soleimani killing

Al Jazeera

Iran's Zarif says US denied him a visa to attend UN meeting

USA Today

Assassination or legitimate act in the war on terror? Legal debate rages as Iran retaliates against US for Soleimani killing

The New York Times

A One-Word Accusation Swirls Around Trump’s Deadly Strike: Assassination

The Killing of Soleimani and International Law


'World War III' was trending


Soleimani killing: What happens next?

Associated Press

Was the drone attack on Iranian general an assassination?

The Guardian

Suleimani killing the latest in a long, grim line of US assassination efforts

The Atlantic

It Wasn’t the Law That Stopped Other Presidents From Killing Soleimani

BBC News

Your Qasem Soleimani questions answered: Will killing spark war?

NBC News

Was it legal for Donald Trump to order the killing of a top Iranian general?

The Daily Beast

Is Trump Saving Those Syrian Oil Fields for the Russians?

Catholic News Service

World faces difficult task in seeking lasting peace in Syrian conflict

ABC News

What to know about potential war crimes in Syria by Turkish-backed fighters

Key issues for Trump as he travels to NYC to address the United Nations

USA Today

Trump taps hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as national security adviser to replace John Bolton

The Independent

Venezuela: New US sanctions pressure Maduro but ‘risk exacerbating humanitarian crisis and torpedoing negotiations’