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Targeted Killing in International Law$
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Nils Melzer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533169.001.0001

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The Paradigm of Hostilities

The Paradigm of Hostilities

(p.243) X The Paradigm of Hostilities
Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by introducing the concepts of ‘armed conflict’, ‘hostilities’, and ‘military necessity’, each of which is intrinsically linked to the paradigm of hostilities. It then identifies the normative frameworks from which that paradigm is derived. The various conditions and modalities governing the use of lethal force during the conduct of hostilities, and the influence of human rights law on these conditions and modalities are examined. The results obtained shall provide the basis for a concluding analysis of the international permissibility of targeted killing as a method of conducting hostilities.

Keywords:   armed conflict, military necessity, war on terrorism, law on hostilities, military advantage, military operations, normative framework, hostilities

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