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Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing

Amos Guiora


Targeted killings represent both the contemporary weapon of choice and, clearly, the weapon of the future. From the perspective of the nation-state, the benefits of targeted killing are clear: aggressive measures against identified targets can be carried out with minimal, if any, risk to soldiers. But while the threat to soldiers is minimal, there are other risks that must be considered. Particularly, there is a high possibility of collateral damage as well as legitimate concerns regarding how a target is defined. Clearly broad legal, moral, and operational issues are at stake when considering ... More

Keywords: targeted killings, soldiers, collateral damage, operational issues, morality, decision-making process, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amos Guiora, author
S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah