‘Misunderstanding of International Aviation Law’ May Have Caused Recent US/Iran Tensions

This EJIL: Talk! blog post suggests that a “misunderstanding or openly cavalier approach” to the rules governing international airspace by a local Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander may be the explanation for the recent shooting down of a US drone. The author notes that the ensuing sabre-rattling between Iran and the US “underscores how important it is for operational military commanders to have more than a passing understanding of international law”.