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Part D Conclusions, XV Comparative Conclusions

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: 22 May 2024

Targeted killing
International law protecting individuals against intentional deprivation of life does not categorically prohibit State-sponsored targeted killings, but subjects their lawfulness to a series of strict conditions and modalities, which form the two distinct normative paradigms of law enforcement and of hostilities. While targeted killings directed against legitimate military objectives in situations of armed conflict are governed by the normative paradigm of hostilities, all other targeted killings are—‘by default’—governed by the normative paradigm of law...
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