Preventive force : drones, targeted killing, and the transformation of contemporary warfare
New York : New York University Press, 2016
Bibliographie : p. 166-169
This chapter focuses on applicable international and domestic law, contending that while both sides in the drone debate get some points right, each also errs about key legal issues. It begins by considering the circumstances in which states can use lethal force to address threats before examining targeted killing specifics. Even while conceding the United States claim to be in a post-9/11 armed conflict, it find important issues with respect to compliance with both domestic and international laws, including which groups and who within those groups are being targeted; where strikes are taking place; and who is conducting them. The chapter concludes by arguing that U.S. drone proponents are advancing short-sighted legal arguments contravening agreed restrictions on the preventive use of force. This risks starting down a slippery slope towards more killing, by more states, as drone technology proliferates, undermining global respect for human rights and the rule of law, and making the world less safe for all.