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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Targeted Killing

Georg Nolte

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 October 2022

Organized crime — Self-defence — Armed conflict — Combatants — Targeted killing

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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 [2008] 6),...
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