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

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Patrycja Grzebyk

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Journalism and Political Studies

Date Written: May 3, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Grzebyk, Patrycja, Who Can Be Killed?: Legal Targets in Non-International Armed Conflicts (May 3, 2014). 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666923

Patrycja Grzebyk (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Journalism and Political Studies ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmieście 3
Warsaw, 00-927
Poland

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