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Law and Policy of Targeted Killing


Gabriella Blum


Harvard Law School

Phillip B. Heymann


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

June 27, 2010

Harvard National Security Journal, Vol. 1, No. 145, 2010

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This is a chapter from our forthcoming book, 'Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism', (MIT Press, September 2010). This chapter addresses the legal, ethical, and strategic aspects of targeted killings as a counterterrorism measure, drawing on the American and Israeli experience. We argue that since terrorism is neither a traditional war nor a traditional crime, its non-traditional nature must affect how, where, and when we employ targeted killings. Specifically, we argue that whether one begins with a law enforcement model or a war model in mind, the ultimate contours of justifiable targeted killings are very similar under either paradigm.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: targeted killing, terrorism, national security, unlawful combatants, drones


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Date posted: June 28, 2010  

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Blum, Gabriella and Heymann, Phillip B., Law and Policy of Targeted Killing (June 27, 2010). Harvard National Security Journal, Vol. 1, No. 145, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1631342

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Gabriella Blum (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School ( email )
1575 Massachusetts
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Phillip B. Heymann
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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