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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 10 August 2020

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

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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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