Can Just War Theory Justify Targeted Killing? An Investigation into Three Models

28 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2011

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Daniel Statman

University of Haifa - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: August 26, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Statman, Daniel, Can Just War Theory Justify Targeted Killing? An Investigation into Three Models (August 26, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1917154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1917154

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