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The Contemporary Law of Targeting

The Contemporary Law of Targeting

by Ian Henderson


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Armed conflict is about using force to achieve goals. As international humanitarian law regulates the means and methods that a belligerent may adopt to achieve its goals, there will inevitably be disagreements over the interpretation of that law. As for the rules that regulate targeting, the main difficulties arise over what is a lawful target and what is proportional collateral damage. This book provides a detailed analysis of those issues. Also, a chapter is dedicated to considering how United Nations Security Council sanctioning of participation in an armed conflict might affect the range of lawful targets available to a belligerent. Finally, a process is described by which legal responsibility for targeting decisions can be assessed in a complex decision-making environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004174801
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Series: International Humanitarian Law Series , #25
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ian S. Henderson Ph.D (2008) in Law, University of Melbourne, is a legal officer serving with the Royal Australian Air Force and is currently the Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law. He was the senior Australian Air Force legal officer in the Combined Air Operations Center during the 2003 conflict in the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary;
Chapter 1 Introduction;
Chapter 2 What is the law applicable to targeting?;
Part I The Law Concerning What Are Lawful Targets
Chapter 3 Lawful non-human targets;
Chapter 4 Lawful human targets;
Chapter 5 Effects-based operations and controversial military Objectives;
Chapter 6 United Nations operations: does the law of targeting differ?;
Part II The Law Concerning Attacking a Target Lawfully
Chapter 7 Precautions in attack;
Chapter 8 Proportionality;
Chapter 9 Who owns the bomb?;
Chapter 10 Conclusions and implications;
Bibliography; Index.

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