Looking beyond the events of the second intifada and 9/11,
this book reveals how targeted killing is intimately embedded in both
Israeli and US statecraft, and in the problematic relationship between
sovereign authority and lawful violence underpinning the modern state
system. It details the legal and political issues raised in targeted
killing as it has emerged in practice, including questions of domestic
constitutional authority, the use of force in international law, the law
of belligerent occupation, the law of targeting and human rights law.
The distinctive nature of Israeli and US targeted killing is analysed in
terms of the compulsion of legality characteristic of the liberal
constitutional state, a compulsion that demands the ability to
distinguish between legal 'targeted killing' and extra-legal 'political
assassination'. The effect is a highly legalized framework for the
extraterritorial killing of designated terrorists that may significantly
affect the international law of force.