Can Just War Theory Justify Targeted Killing? An Investigation into Three Models
28 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 26, 2011
I first suggest, against most common wisdom in the field, that the notion of targeted killing should be released from its association with with the war against terror. Targeted killing is a method of fighting against irregular forces even if these don't employ terror. I then present three interpretations of just war theory - Individualism, Collectivism and Contractualism - and show how each of them supports the practice of targeted killing.
Keywords: just war theory, targeted killing, terror
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