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The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective

88 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2015 Last revised: 15 Nov 2015

Michael N. Schmitt

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law; University of Exeter Law School; Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point

John J. Merriam

Government of the United States of America - Judge Advocate General's Corps

Date Written: April 12, 2015

Abstract

The article examines the operational context in which Israel conducts targeting. It assesses how that context affects Israel's approach to targeting, surveys the Israel Defense Force's targeting process, examines the military attorney system that provides advice to Israeli Commanders on targeting matters and surveys Israeli positions on particular aspects of the law of armed conflict.

Keywords: Law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, targeting, attack, Israel, Israel Defense Force, Military Advocate General, armed conflict

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Michael N. and Merriam, John J., The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective (April 12, 2015). 37 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 53-139 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593629

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law ( email )

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Newport, RI 02841
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Faculty/Michael-Schmitt.aspx

University of Exeter Law School ( email )

Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/staff/mschmitt/

Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

John J. Merriam

Government of the United States of America - Judge Advocate General's Corps

United States

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