Targeted Killings and Drone Attacks

February 21, 2013

Recent employment of drones for the purpose of targeted killings has generated much debate regarding the legality and morality of the practice.  While some lawmakers believe that judicial review  is required in light of due process concerns, others remain skeptical.

In addition to the wealth of information available online:

CRS reports on the U. S. drone program:

The Law Library also possesses many reference volumes on this topic:

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) and Law / Lydia de Beer (ed.) (2011)

The law of targeting / William H. Boothby (2012)

Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World / Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin, Andrew Altman (eds.) (2012) & Online

Targeted Killings and International Law, Roland Otto (2012)

Targeted killing in international law / Nils Melzer (2008) & Online

Kill or Capture: the War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency, Daniel Klaidman (2012)

Laws of war and 21st century conflict / E.L. Gaston (2012)

Rethinking the law of armed conflict in an age of terrorism / edited by Christopher A. Ford and Amichai Cohen (2012)

Counterterrorism law / Stephen Dycus, William C. Banks, Peter Raven-Hansen (2012)

Global perspectives on counterterrorism / Amos N. Guiora (2011)

Select journal articles in Encore:

Targeted Killing and Assassination: The U.S. Legal Framework; Banks, William C.; Raven-Hansen, Peter, 37 U. Rich. L. Rev. 667 (2003)

Targeted Killing, Norms, and International Law, W. Jason Fisher, 45 Colum. J. Transnat l L. 711 (2007)

Can Targeted Killing Work as a Neutral Principle? Jeremy Waldron, New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers (2011)

Law and Policy of Targeted Killing, Gabriella Blum, Philip Heymann, 1 Harv. Nat l Sec. J. 145 (2011)

Assassination & Targeted Killing - A Historical and Post-Bin Laden Legal Analysis; Mark V. Vlasic, 43 Geo. J. Int'l L. 259 (2012)

Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Drone Warfare under International Law: A Preliminary Survey; Knoops, Geert-Jan Al, 12 Int'l Crim. L. Rev. 697 (2012)

Targeting the Twenty-First-Century Outlaw, Jane Y. Chong, 122 Yale L. J. 724 (2012).

Subject headings to use searching Morris, Orbis, WorldCat:

  • Drone aircraft. 
  • Aeronautics -- Law and legislation
  • Extrajudicial executions
  • Targeted killing (International law)
  • Combatants and noncombatants (International law)
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Moral and ethical aspects
  • War -- Moral and ethical aspects
  • Humanitarian law
  • War (International law)




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