Who can be killed ? : legal targets in non-international armed conflicts
Legitimacy and drones : investigating the legality, morality and efficacy of UCAVs
Farnham ; Burlington : Ashgate, 2015
Combat drones are weapons, and not unique from a legal point of view. However, there continues to be particular difficulties in identifying legal targets in non-international armed conflicts and this chapter addresses those challenges. It delves into the problems related to the principle of distinction between those engaging in hostilities (members of armed groups with a continuous combat function) and civilians who do not directly participate. Additionally, there will be a discussion of the elimination v. the neutralization of legitimate targets – i.e. the obligation to capture if possible, as well as remarks on the problem of accountability for drone strikes performed in violation of international humanitarian law.