The Necessity and Proportionality of Anti-Terrorist Self-Defence
47 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 5, 2010
States increasingly rely on self-defence to justify forcible measures against terrorists. It seems agreed that when so doing, they must comply with the traditional conditions of necessity and proportionality. The application of these two principles to anti-terrorist self-defence raises a number of complex issues. drawing on a detailed examination of case studies, the present paper addresses these issues and suggests how necessity and proportionality can be applied meaningfully.
Keywords: use of force, self-defence, necessity, proportionality, war on terror, terrorism
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