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Part 1 The Law of Targeting in Context, 3 Sources of the Law

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):
Customary international law — Opinio juris — Armed conflict — Treaties, interpretation — Treaties, reservations and declarations
Any discussion of the law of targeting must start with some account of the sources of that law, and of how those sources relate to one another. That is the purpose of the present chapter. In Chapter 2 we saw how the law of targeting has developed since the middle of the nineteenth century. On numerous occasions reference was made to texts which, though instructive as to what the law might have been at a particular time, did not themselves constitute that law. This is a distinction that we shall hope in the present chapter to clarify, but the focus of attention...
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