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Part A State Practice and Legal Doctrine, IV The Analysis

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: 24 June 2024

Subject(s):
Responsibility of non-state actors — De facto regime — Wrongful acts — Responsibility of states — Targeted killing — Armed conflict — Right to life
Targeted killing denotes the use of lethal force attributable to a subject of international law with the intent, premeditation and deliberation to kill individually selected persons who are not in the physical custody of those targeting them.1 The present analysis will focus on ‘State-sponsored’ targeted killings, that is to say, targeted killings which are legally attributable to States under international law. Nevertheless, the conclusions of this analysis will also apply to deprivations of life attributable to non-State actors if, and to the extent that, they...
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