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Military targeting in the context of self-defence actions

Green, J. A. and Waters, C. P. M. (2015) Military targeting in the context of self-defence actions. Nordic Journal of International Law, 84 (1). pp. 3-28. ISSN 0902-7351

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1163/15718107-08401002


In order to bring conceptual clarity to a particular dimension of the relationship between the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello regimes, this article explores the independent sources of a military targeting rule in both branches of international law. The aim is not to displace the jus in bello as the ‘lead’ regime on how targeting decisions must be made, or to undermine the traditional separation between these regimes. Rather, conceptual light is shed on a sometimes assumed but generally neglected dimension of the jus ad bellum’s necessity and proportionality criteria that may, in limited circumstances, have significance for our understanding of human protection during war, by covering possible gaps in the jus in bello targeting rules.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:39422
Publisher:Brill Nijhoff

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