Targeted Killings (Drone Strikes) and the European Convention on Human Rights

Polish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 32 (2012), pp. 189-208

26 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2014  

Adam Bodnar

Warsaw University - Faculty of Law and Public Administration; Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Irmina Pacho

Polish Academy of Sciences

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Date Written: June 28, 2013

Abstract

More and more Member States of the Council of Europe are becoming interested in drone technology. Currently, a number of them either possess or wish to obtain unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with missiles. Due to the increased number of targeted killing operations committed with the use of drones by countries such as the United States or Israel, there is a probability that Member States might also use them for such operations, especially if their forces will be subject to joint command. Although the issue of targeted killings with the use of drones has not yet been subject to the scrutiny of the European Court of Human Rights, there are two main reasons why this may change in the near future. First, the Court has already ruled on the extraterritorial applicability of the European Convention on Human Rights, and second, the Convention places strict limits on any attempts to carry out targeted killings and leaves only a limited space for their use, even in the context of warfare. In this article we assess whether the Member States of the Council of Europe might be ever justified under the European Convention on Human Rights to carry out targeted killing operations using drones.

Keywords: ECHR, ECtHR, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, human rights, drone, targeted killing, international law, Council of Europe, warfare

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Bodnar, Adam and Pacho, Irmina, Targeted Killings (Drone Strikes) and the European Convention on Human Rights (June 28, 2013). Polish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 32 (2012), pp. 189-208 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407577

Adam Bodnar (Contact Author)

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Irmina Pacho

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