Targeted Killing in International Law

Uitgever: Oxford University Press

Auteur: Nils Melzer
  • Engels
  • 9780199577903
  • september 2009
  • Paperback
  • 528 pagina's
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This book conducts an in-depth analysis into the lawfulness of State-sponsored targeted killings under international human rights and humanitarian law. It also addresses the relevance of the law of inter-state force to targeted killings, and the interrelation of the various normative frameworks which may simultaneously apply to operations involving the intentional use of lethal force. Through a comprehensive analysis of treaties, custom, and general principles of law in light of jurisprudence, doctrine, and travaux preparatoires the author demonstrates that contemporary international law provides two distinct normative paradigms which govern the use of lethal force in law enforcement and in the conduct of hostilities. Based on the resulting normative paradigms, the author shows in what circumstances targeted killings may be considered as internationally lawful. The practical relevance of the various conditions and modalities is illustrated by reference to concrete examples of targeted killing from recent State practice. In essence the book argues that any targeted killing not directed against a legitimate military target remains subject to the law enforcement paradigm, which imposes extensive restraints on the practice. Even under the paradigm of hostilities, no person can be lawfully liquidated without further considerations. As a form of individualized or surgical warfare, the method of targeted killing requires a 'microscopic' interpretation of the law regulating the conduct of hostilities which leads to nuanced results. The author concludes by highlighting and comparing the main areas of concern arising with regard to State-sponsored targeted killing under each normative paradigm and by placing the results of the analysis in the wider context of the rule of law.

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This book carries out a thorough analysis of the legality of the state-sponsored targeted killings in the context of international human rights and humanitarian law. It also discusses the importance of the law of inter-state force to targeted killings, and the interrelationship of the various normative frameworks that may apply simultaneously for operations related to the intentional use of lethal force. Through a comprehensive analysis of treaties, customs and general principles of law in the light of the case law, doctrine, and preparatory work by the author shows that contemporary international law provides two distinct normative paradigms that the use of lethal force in law enforcement and reign of hostilities in behavior. On the basis of the resulting normative paradigms, the author shows in what circumstances targeted killing can be considered as an international legitimate. The practical relevance of the various terms and conditions is illustrated by concrete examples of targeted killings in recent state practice. In essence, the book suggests that not every targeted killing against a legitimate military target subject to the law enforcement paradigm, which imposes extensive restrictions will continue to practice. Even under the paradigm of hostilities can not be liquidated without further legal considerations. As a form of individualized or surgical warfare, the method of targeted assassination requires a 'microscopic' interpretation of the law regulating the conduct of hostilities leading to balanced results. The author concludes by pointing and comparing the main concerns arising with regard to the state-sponsored targeted killing under any normative paradigm and by posting the results of the analysis in the broader context of the rule of law.

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This book is a well written, clearly structured, thoughtful and measured account of issues such as the current state of practice, judicial consideration and relevant international law. [...] Melzer's detailed examination is a large step forward in the development of a better understanding of the issues and particular pressure points that daily engage advisors, courts, international lawyers and politicians when trying to determine when the state is in the position to take lives. * Helen Durham, Australian Year Book of International Law, volume 27 *

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    Een interessant boek, waarin het onderwerp "targeted killing" goed geschetst en ingekaderd wordt. Wel een boek voor de specialisten op het gebied van Internationaal Humanitair Recht, mensenrechten en strafrecht. Leesbaar en overzichtelijk.

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Paperback
Verschijningsdatum
september 2009
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528 pagina's
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9780199577903

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Nils Melzer
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Oxford University Press

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