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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18238

Title: Human Rights and the War Against International Terrorism: A War Without Rights?
Authors: Cho, Harry Yeon
Advisor: Morgan, Ed
Department: Law
Keywords: international humanitarian law
international human rights law
targeted killing
Issue Date: 12-Jan-2010
Abstract: The United States has justified targeted operations against suspected terrorists as a legitimate tool in the war against terrorism. In response to international criticism that a November 2002 targeted killing operation in Yemen violated human rights standards, the US asserted that the right to life was suspended during war. While this assertion is prima facie incorrect, many legal experts, scholars and authors agree in principle that a military response to international terrorism -- along with the concomitant dilution of the right to life -- is not only appropriate, but also complies with international law. However, the modern jus ad bellum limit the circumstances in which a state may lawfully resort to armed force. A fulsome understanding of international humanitarian law and the characteristics of groups such as Al Qaeda reveals that international law does not permit states to employ their military forces to responde to the international crime of international terrorism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18238
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