Governance Studies

Counterterrorism and American Statutory Law


Targeted Killing in U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy and Law

May 11, 2009, Kenneth Anderson

American domestic law has long accepted the use of targeted killings as self-defense toward ends of vital national security that do not necessarily fall within the strict terms of armed conflict. However, the legal space for it and the legal rationales on which it has been traditionally justified are in danger of shrinking, writes Kenneth Anderson.

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