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Part A State Practice and Legal Doctrine, II Current Trend towards Legitimization

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

Self-defence — Armed forces — Countermeasures — Targeted killing — Terrorism
State-sponsored targeted killings are not a new phenomenon, neither in fact nor as a subject of legal discussion. Throughout history, sovereigns and States have resorted to this method to dispose of individuals considered to be private or public enemies, and eminent historians, philosophers and jurists have written on assassination, political murder and tyrannicide.1 During the second half of the 20th century, public discussion on State-sponsored targeted killings focused primarily on clandestine operations carried out by secret service agents or military...
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