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Part B Law Enforcement, VI Law Enforcement and the Conventional Human Right to Life

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):
Right to life — Rights of persons deprived of their liberty — Derogations — International courts and tribunals, procedure — Interpretation of judgments — Jurisdiction — International organizations, practice and procedure — Proportionality — Targeted killing — Terrorism — Necessity
The right to life is generally regarded as being ‘inherent’ in human nature, thus forbidding a narrow interpretation.1 In terms of hierarchy, the right to life is often described as the ‘cardinal’ or ‘supreme’ human right, from which the enjoyment of all other rights depend,2 and is considered by many to be part of jus cogens.3 Nonetheless, it is generally agreed that the right to life is not absolute in scope.4 The right to life is not only laid down in various universal and regional instruments of human rights law but, as will be shown, has also become part of...
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