Challenging the Perplexity over Jus in Bello Proportionality
European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2014
17 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2015
Date Written: 2014
Contrary to the common claim that jus in bello proportionality is an obscure and intractable principle of modern warfare, this paper shows that proportionality balancing has a central role to play in assuring efficient military operations with a minimum number of casualties. Military commanders can and should want to understand proportionality as a requirement to measure military advantage in terms of lives saved and direct their operations toward the most life-saving operations. The targeted killing context in particular highlights the advantage of making proportionality analysis a central component of military strategy in asymmetrical conflicts.
Keywords: jus in bello, Proportionality, law of war
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