Targeted Killing as Active Self-Defense
Amos N. Guiora
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
June 29, 2010
Case Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming
Case Western Researh Journal Int'l Law, Vol. 36, p. 319, 2004
The paper argues that targeted killing is a legitimate form of active self-defense in the context of anticipatory self-defense. If the decision to target a particular individual is based on reliable and corroborated intelligence information and on the premise that no alternatives exist (the individual for operational reasons may not be arrested) and the individual to be targeted is a significant terrorist whose death will impact upon the terrorist organization then the decision is legal. In addition, the article calls for a revamping of international law reflecting the reality that traditional warfare between states has been replaced by armed conflict between states and non-state actors, some state supported, others not.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Terrorism, Targeted Killing, Right to Active Self-Defense, Palestinian, Israel
JEL Classification: K19, K33, K49
Date posted: July 12, 2005 ; Last revised: February 6, 2013
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