Can Just War Theory Justify Targeted Killing? Three Possible Models

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This chapter focuses on the morality of targeted killing (TK). Section II, against most common wisdom in the field, suggests that the notion of TK should be released from its association with the war (or wars) against terror. Section III presents three interpretations of just war theory that will serve as the basis for the moral analysis of TK. Section IV turns to this analysis and shows how each of the three interpretations supports the practice of TK.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTargeted Killings
Subtitle of host publicationLaw and Morality in an Asymmetrical World
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780191738975
ISBN (Print)9780199646470
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

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© The several contributors, 2012. All rights reserved.


  • Just war theory
  • Morality
  • Targeted killing
  • War against terror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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