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Targeted Killing in International Law by Melzer, Nils (10th September 2009)

Part A State Practice and Legal Doctrine, III Targeted Killing in Contemporary Legal Doctrine

From: Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

Targeted killing — Military objectives — Self-defence — Armed attack — Derogations
In reviewing the contemporary legal doctrine with regard to State-sponsored targeted killings, it is possible to distinguish at least three different discussions. The first, and most recent discussion, is concerned with the international lawfulness of the respective policies of targeted killing adopted by States such as Israel, the United States, Pakistan, and Russia in their current counter-terrorism campaigns. A second, more specific discussion involves primarily American writers and focuses on the concept of ‘assassination’ under international and US domestic...
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