Killing Terrorists - Armed Drones and the Ethics of War

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Killing Terrorists - Armed Drones and the Ethics of War
Author(s) Lundquist, Joel
Date 2014
English abstract
The aim of this thesis is to answer the question whether the U.S. policy on targeted killings with combat drones is compatible with the legal doctrine of just war theory, applicable international law, and human rights law. Moreover, this paper intends to examine the legal issues arising from the U.S. practice of international law in relation to the justification of targeted killings. The purpose of this thesis is to determine whether the practice of targeted killings can be considered lawful and, if not, to provide knowledge about how the method violates applicable international law and the ethics of war. The focus is placed on relevant treaties and customary international law, and just war theory is used as a theoretical complement to explain the meaning and purpose of selected laws in order to determine their applicability to the research problem. Furthermore, this procedure has been conducted by using a legal method to identify the legal problem and interpret relevant sources of law in order to determine their applicability to the research problem. The thesis has determined that the U.S. policy on targeted killings with combat drones is not consistent with applicable international law and fundamental human rights law. In particular, the practice of targeted killings violates the principle of distinction.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 57
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) targeted killing; terrorism; al Qaeda; War on Terror; Pakistan; drones; UAV; Unmanned Ariel Vehicle; unlawful combatant; just war theory; international humanitarian law; human rights; public international law; covert operations; CIA
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17365 (link to this page)

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