Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
There is scant overall agreement on the legality under international law of drone strikes. Depending on the case, and one's appreciation of applicable law, drone strikes may be extrajudicial executions in violation of human rights or lawful acts in bello. The chapter aims to unpick international legal issues engaged by drone strikes. It first reviews the history of development of armed drones then analyzes the applicability of international humanitarian law. It then turns to the legality of a drone strike without sufficient nexus to an armed conflict and how international law of law enforcement would apply.