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Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World

Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin, and Andrew Altman


The war on terror is remaking conventional warfare. The protracted battle against a non-state organization, the demise of the confinement of hostilities to an identifiable battlefield, the extensive involvement of civilian combatants, and the development of new and more precise military technologies have all conspired to require a rethinking of the law and morality of war. Just war theory, as traditionally articulated, seems ill-suited to justify many of the practices of the war on terror. The raid against Osama Bin Laden's Pakistani compound was the highest profile example of this strategy, b ... More

Keywords: war on terror, warfare, Osama Bin Laden, terrorists, U.S. military, suspected terrorists, lawful killing, international humanitarian law, targeted killing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Finkelstein, editor
Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Institute of Law and Philosophy

Jens David Ohlin, editor
Associate Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Andrew Altman, editor
Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University; Director of Research, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

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