Targeted Killing as a Means of Asymmetric Warfare: A Provocative View and Invitation to Debate

Law, Crime & History, Vol. 1, 2011

7 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011

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Sascha Dov Bachmann

Canberra Law School; NATO SHAPE; Swedish Defence University (FHS)

Ulf P. Haeussler

National Defense University

Date Written: May, 17 2011

Abstract

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhou reportedly by agents of Israel’s Mossad service in Dubai a year ago serves as a quick reminder that extrajudicial executions, assassinations and other targeted killing operations are taking place and are part of a modern democracy’s arsenal of antiterrorism and counter-terrorism means. Targeted Killing Operations reportedly form part of NATO’s operational practice: depending on the circumstances they represent just another option of the lawful use of force in an armed conflict or assimilated situations. Consequently, it is argued that International Law does not impose an explicit ban on the lethal neutralization of certain persons in an armed conflict scenario.

Keywords: Targeted Killings, Hybrid War, Asymetric Warfare, Legality of Kinetic Operations, Law of Armed Conflict

Suggested Citation

Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir and Haeussler, Ulf P., Targeted Killing as a Means of Asymmetric Warfare: A Provocative View and Invitation to Debate (May, 17 2011). Law, Crime & History, Vol. 1, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1844168

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Ulf P. Haeussler

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