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Part VII Targeting Law Challenges and Compliance, 22 How States Implement the Distinction Principle

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):
Targeted killing — Violations of the laws or customs of war — Armed attack — Armed forces — Armed conflict
It is insufficient for a book such as this simply to report on the law applying to targeting and to actions taken in defence. Confronted with the legal obligations discussed in other chapters, it is important to enquire into how States act in order to seek to ensure that they fulfil the duties mandated by treaty law and custom. The purpose of the present chapter is therefore to review these national steps, explaining in each case how they contribute to the effort to try to ensure that those whom the law would protect are affected as infrequently and little as...
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