Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism
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Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

Edited by Ben Saul

This newly revised and updated second edition provides a comprehensive overview of international counter-terrorism law and practice. Brand new and revised chapters provide critical commentary on the law from leading scholars and practitioners in the field, including new topics for this edition such as foreign terrorist fighters, the nexus between organized crime and terrorism, and the prevention of violent extremism.
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Chapter 16: Terrorism and targeted killings under international law

Emily Crawford

Abstract

Targeted killing has been defined as ‘the intentional, premeditated and deliberate use of lethal force, by States or their agents acting under colour of law, or by an organized armed group in armed conflict, against a specific individual who is not in the physical custody of the perpetrator’. Targeted killing has become part of the conventional military and security strategy of a number of states in their operations against terrorist suspects, however, it remains a controversial practice, with opinions divided as to whether such killings should be considered as part of an ongoing ‘war’ against terrorist organizations, and judged according to the law on the use of force (jus ad bellum) and the law of armed conflict (jus in bello or international humanitarian law (IHL)), or whether the struggle against terrorist groups should be considered within a law enforcement framework, instead engaging international human rights law (IHRL).

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