Who Can Be Killed?: Legal Targets in Non-International Armed Conflicts
Steven Barela (ed.), Legitimacy and Drones. Investigating the Legality, Morality and Efficacy of UCAVs, Ashgate 2015, p. 49-70, ISBN 978-1-4724-4687-9
Posted: 1 Oct 2015
Date Written: May 3, 2014
Combat drones are weapons, and not unique from a legal point of view. However, there continue to be particular difficulties in identifying legal targets in non-international armed conflicts and this chapter addresses those challenges. It delves into the problems related to the principle of distinction between those engaging in hostilities (members of armed groups with a continuous combat function) and civilians who do not directly participate. Additionally, there will be a discussion of the elimination v. the neutralization of legitimate targets – i.e. the obligation to capture if possible, as well as remarks on the problem of accountability for drone strikes performed in violation of International Humanitarian Law.
Keywords: drones, UAVs, UCAVs, human targets
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