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Part VII Targeting Law Challenges and Compliance, 24 Reprisals, Neutrality, and Other Important Issues

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Neutrality and non-alignment — Reprisals — War crimes — Targeted killing
Reprisals1 are described by the UK Manual as ‘extreme measures to enforce compliance with the law of armed conflict by the adverse party’.2 They consist of acts which are in themselves breaches of the law of armed conflict but which are resorted to after the adverse party has breached that law and with the sole and explicit purpose of securing future compliance by the adverse party with the law of armed conflict.3 This final, motivating element is what importantly distinguishes reprisals, as that term is understood in the law of armed conflict, from revenge or...
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