At war with itself : the DoD law of war manual's tension between doctrine and practice on target verification and precautions in attack
The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual : commentary and critique
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
The present chapter first discusses dynamic diligence and the right relationship under international humanitarian law (IHL) between the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precautions in attack. Then, it discusses the acute tension between the United States Department of Defense Manual's doctrinal statements and its examples from practice. Finally, this chapter discusses the methodological flaws with the manual's effort to support its doctrinal assertions.
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