Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing (Terrorism and Global Justice Series)

Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing (Terrorism and Global Justice Series)

By: Amos N. Guiora (author)Hardback

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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 targeted killing. In Legitimate Target, A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing, Amos Guiora proposes that targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details, thus ensuring that it complies with principles of domestic and international laws. The author, writing from both personal experience and an academic perspective, offers important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying a legitimate target. Legitimate Target, A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing blends concrete examples with a nuanced study of the current targeted killing paradigm with an emphasis on the dilemmas of morality and the law.

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About Author

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah where he teaches Criminal Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, Religion and Terrorism, and National Security Law. Professor Guiora was awarded the S.J. Quinney College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award, 2011. Professor Guiora is a Member of the American Bar Association's Law and National Security Advisory Committee, a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center. He was awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands in 2008, served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law and Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.


Preface ; Chapter One: An Introduction ; Chapter Two: Targeted Killing ; Chapter Three: Historical Background ; Chapter Four: The Criteria-Based Approach-Step One: The Source ; Chapter Five: The Criteria-Based Approach-Step Two: The Target ; Chapter Six: The Practicalities of Targeted Killing ; Chapter Seven: Morality ; Chapter Eight: Looking Forward

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199969739
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 122
  • ID: 9780199969739
  • weight: 362
  • ISBN10: 0199969736

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