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Part C Hostilities, XIV Permissibility of Targeted Killing as a Method of Conducting Hostilities

From: Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Subject(s):
Military necessity — Armed conflict — Proportionality — Principle of distinction — Weapons — Weapons control
Where States openly resort to the method of targeted killing, they generally argue that the targeted individuals are legitimate military objectives in an armed conflict and, thereby, seek justification in the paradigm of hostilities. Even where States claim to be engaged in counter-terrorism rather than armed conflict, the logic they apply in justifying targeted killings is often rooted in the paradigm of hostilities. As has been shown, the normative paradigm of hostilities comprises the rules and principles which govern the conduct of hostilities in situations of...
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