There are those who choose to criticize the law as being unrealistic, complaining that it takes insufficient account of the practical difficulties facing those who conduct military operations on the battlefields of the twenty-first century. The suggestion is that the complex targeting rules are simply not applicable, particularly when the opposing party to the conflict chooses to ignore the principles of international law and that in such circumstances the ‘legal straight-jacket’ needs to be loosened to enable the ‘good guys’ to operate effectively. We examine...
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