The extraterritorial use of armed drones and international human rights law : different views on legality in the US and Europe ?
Peter Vedel Kessing
Europe and the Americas : transatlantic approaches to human rights
Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, 2015
This chapter sets out with a brief description of the US position on the extraterritorial use of armed drones and international law. In the following sections it is discussed whether the extraterritorial killing of individuals with armed drones is in conflict with the right to life in international human rights law (IHRL). First it is described when it is legal pursuant to IHRL to target and kill an individual and which procedural safeguards must be respected. Then it is discussed whether IHRL is applicable when States are targeting individuals extraterritorially on the territory of other States with armed drones. The following section pro-vides a discussion of the application of IHRL in times of armed conflict and the interrelationship between the protection of life in IHRL and in international humanitarian law (IHL). Finally, concluding observations are provided and it is pointed out that there appear to be different views on the legality of the use of armed drones in the US and in Europe.