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Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing


ISBN13: 9780199969739
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £62.00



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Targeted killings represent both the contemporary weapon of choice and, clearly, the weapon of the future. From the perspective of the nation-state, the benefits of targeted killing are clear: aggressive measures against identified targets can be carried out with minimal, if any, risk to soldiers.

But while the threat to soldiers is minimal, there are other risks that must be considered. Particularly, there is a high possibility of collateral damage as well as legitimate concerns regarding how a target is defined. Clearly broad legal, moral, and operational issues are at stake when considering targeted killing.

In Legitimate Target, A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing, Amos Guiora proposes that targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details, thus ensuring that it complies with principles of domestic and international laws.

The author, writing from both personal experience and an academic perspective, offers important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying a legitimate target.

Legitimate Target, A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing blends concrete examples with a nuanced study of the current targeted killing paradigm with an emphasis on the dilemmas of morality and the law.

Subjects:
Public International Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
PREFACE
CHAPTER ONE: AN INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO: TARGETED KILLING
CHAPTER THREE: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CRITERIA-BASED APPROACH-STEP ONE: THE SOURCE
CHAPTER FIVE: THE CRITERIA-BASED APPROACH-STEP TWO: THE TARGET
CHAPTER SIX: THE PRACTICALITIES OF TARGETED KILLING
CHAPTER SEVEN: MORALITY
CHAPTER EIGHT: LOOKING FORWARD