Targeted Killings and International Law

With Special Regard to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

  • Roland Otto

Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 230)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Roland Otto
    Pages 1-40
  3. Roland Otto
    Pages 41-201
  4. Roland Otto
    Pages 203-349
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 543-661

About this book


Existing international law is capable to govern the “war on terror” also in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The standards generally applicable to targeted killings are those of human rights law. Force may be used in order to address immediate threats, preventive killings are permitted under strict preconditions but targeted killings are prohibited. In the context of armed conflicts, these standards are complemented by international humanitarian law as lex specialis. Civilians may only be targeted while directly taking part in hostilities and posing a threat to the adversary. Also in Israel and the Occupied Territory, these standards apply. Contrary to the Israeli Supreme Court’s view, international humanitarian law is not complemented by human rights law, but human rights law is – to some degree – complemented by international humanitarian law. According to these standards, many killings which would be legal according to the Israeli Supreme Court violate international law.


"war on terror" Israel/Palästina human rights humanitarian law targeted killings

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Otto
    • 1
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-24857-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-24858-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-4770
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