1 In ordinary language the expression ‘targeted killing’ can mean every intentional killing of individually selected persons. Recent political and legal discourse, however, uses the term in a narrower sense as describing a State practice to intentionally kill individually selected persons who neither pose an immediate threat to the life or limb of other persons, nor are executed in enforcement of a death penalty pronounced after criminal proceedings. Other expressions for such practice are, inter alia (see Melzer Targeted Killing in International Law  6),...
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