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The law of targeting

Schmitt, M. N. ORCID: and Widmar, E. (2016) The law of targeting. In: Ducheine, P. A. L., Schmitt, M. N. ORCID: and Osinga, F. P. B. (eds.) Targeting: The Challenges of Modern Warfare. T.M.C. Asser Press, pp. 121-145. ISBN 9789462650718

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6265-072-5_6


The law of targeting rests at the heart of modern warfare, as well as contemporary controversies over such matters as drones and autonomous weapons . While the weaponry and tactics of targeting continue to evolve with unprecedented advances in technology and innovation, the fundamental principles of targeting law will remain binding rules for the foreseeable future. This chapter examines the law governing who or what is a lawful target, which weapons are permissible, what precautions must be taken prior to an attack, how operations are limited by potential collateral damage and where targeting may take place. A firm understanding of these norms will enable military forces to carry out their missions effectively while minimizing harm to civilians, civilian property and other protected persons and objects.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
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Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:89820
Publisher:T.M.C. Asser Press

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