Targeted Killing in Contemporary Legal Doctrine
This chapter discusses the contemporary legal doctrine with regard to State-sponsored targeted killings. It identifies three different debates regarding the issue. The first, and most recent discussion is concerned with the international lawfulness of the respective policies of targeted killing adopted by States such as Israel, the United States, Pakistan, and Russia in their current counter-terrorism campaigns. The second involves primarily American writers and focuses on the concept of ‘assassination’ under international and US domestic law. The third, geographically fragmentalized, discussion addresses the permissibility of ‘shoot-to-kill’ policies under the law enforcement standards of the respective domestic legislations.
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