One of the most crucial and enduring questions about “targeted killings” is: How will the currently expanding practices of singling out individuals in advance and eliminating them in other countries without accountability impact the established international legal system?
International law, since at least World War II, has developed various mechanisms to limit killing in general, including targeted killings. These take the form of vigorous protections for the right to life under human rights law; safeguards against the interstate use of force while permitting states to protect themselves where necessary; and aiming to strike a balance between the principles of humanity and military necessity during armed conflict through international humanitarian law (IHL).
Air and Space Law | Human Rights Law | International Humanitarian Law | International Law | Law | Military, War, and Peace
Christof Heyns & Sarah Knuckey,
The Long-Term International Law Implications of Targeted Killings Practices,
Harv. Int'l L. J. Online
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