Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

Students’ Work

Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic students under the supervision of faculty and staff researched and drafted the report, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan.”   The report provides new and firsthand testimony about the negative impact of US policies on the civilians living under drones in northwest Pakistan. From January to September 2012, two successive teams of students and faculty conducted field research in Pakistan, where they met with more than 70 drone-strike survivors or the immediate relatives of those who were killed, as well as a host of policy makers, scholars, journalists, and Pakistani human rights activists. In partnership with the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of Law, the research team drafted the report and planned the ensuing advocacy strategy.  After the report was released in September 2012, students played a vital role in advocacy efforts on the issue: students and faculty appeared in numerous television and radio broadcasts, and played a crucial role responding to print media inquiries from around the globe. Students also prepared materials for a congressional briefing on the issue in Washington DC, and penned op-eds for a variety of media outlets. Download the Living Under Drones report here.


The Living Under Drones report has been extensively covered in national and international media including the New York Times, CBS, NBC, the Guardian, al Jazeera, among others.  A more comprehensive list of coverage is available on the report website.