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Targeted Killing? Terrorists, Insurgents, and Pirates

9 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010 Last revised: 22 Nov 2011

Eric Engle

Date Written: November 15, 2010


Argues that terrorists should be generally analogized to pirates and governed by criminal law, and only exceptionally should terrorists be seen as insurgents participating in armed conflict and subject to the law of war. Critiques the relevant Israeli Supreme Court decision. Argues that the war on terror metaphor has failed, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

Keywords: Terrorist, Insurgent, Pirate, Assassination, Law of War, Israel, Supreme Court, War on Terror, Terrorism, Insurgency, Piracy

JEL Classification: K33, K14

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Engle, Eric, Targeted Killing? Terrorists, Insurgents, and Pirates (November 15, 2010). Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 9, 11. Available at SSRN:

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