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Part VI Practical Aspects of Contemporary Targeting, 19 The Prosecution of Difficult Targets

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 November 2021

Subject(s):
Combatants — Military objectives — Armed conflict — Armed attack — Weapons
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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