New voices : challenging the perplexity over jus in bello proportionality
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European journal of legal studies, Vol. 7, issue 2, Winter 2014, p. 19-35
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Contrary to the common claim that jus in bello proportionality is an obscure and intractable principle of modern warfare, this paper shows that proportionality balancing has a central role to play in assuring efficient military operations with a minimum number of casualties. Military commanders can and should want to understand proportionality as a requirement to measure military advantage in terms of lives saved and direct their operations toward the most life-saving operations. The targeted killing context in particular highlights the advantage of making proportionality analysis a central component of militarystrategy in asymmetrical conflicts.