Named and Targeted
Targeted Killing: For and Against, Forthcoming
38 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018 Last revised: 16 Nov 2018
Date Written: August 31, 2018
This paper is a long draft chapter from my part of a forthcoming book: "Targeted Killing: For and Against." It considers the practice of targeted killing, specifically the fact that the practice targets people for death by name. It responds to the suggestion that there is no special concern about named targeting (provided the target is a combatant), by considering rules about assassination, attainder and outlawry. It considers the relevance of various philosophical ideas about naming and reference to the way in which targeted killing is practiced and justified. And it replies to those who defend targeted killing on the basis that it actually incorporates a quasi-judicial element.
Keywords: adjudication, attainder, combatants, definite descriptions, due process, ius in bello, names, outlawry, proper names, reference, rough justice, targeted killing, war
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