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Targeted Killing in International Law$
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Nils Melzer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533169.001.0001

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Law Enforcement and the Protection of Life under International Humanitarian Law

Law Enforcement and the Protection of Life under International Humanitarian Law

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(p.140) VII Law Enforcement and the Protection of Life under International Humanitarian Law
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Targeted Killing in International Law
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Nils Melzer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533169.003.0007

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the body of rules and principles specifically designed to regulate the conduct of States and individuals actively involved in situations of international or non-international armed conflict. This chapter examines whether and, if so, to what extent the lex specialis of IHL adjusts the normative content of the paradigm of law enforcement to the realities of armed conflict as far as the use of lethal force outside the conduct of hostilities is concerned. The analysis takes into account those provisions of international criminal law which are specifically designed to penalize the use of lethal force in situations of armed conflict.

Keywords:   IHL, international armed conflict, law enforcement, personal jurisdiction, extraterritorial jurisdiction, domestic jurisdiction, deprivation of life

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