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Part D Conclusions, XVI Epilogue: Targeted Killing and the Rule of Law

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: 27 May 2024

Targeted killing — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — Rule of law
The rise of loosely organized, and clandestinely operating, transnational terrorist networks, as well as the proliferation of guerilla tactics by insurgents operating as ‘farmers by day and fighters by night’ pose an enormous operational challenge to law enforcement agencies and armed forces alike. The unpredictability of insurgent or terrorist attacks, and the difficulties related to identifying and apprehending those responsible, are likely to result in frustration and a general perception of constant threat, thus increasing the pressure on Governments to...
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