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Legal and Ethical implications of Targeted Killings using CUAVs: A Comparative Analysis of Targeted Killing operations in the US and Israel
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).
2024 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the ethical and legal implications of targeted killing operations employingCombat Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (CUAVs), focusing on the practices of the United Statesand Israel. Grounded in Just War Theory and international law, the research critically examineshow both nations justify these operations under the principles of self-defence and nationalsecurity. Through a comparative analysis of specific case studies, such as the assassinations ofQasem Soleimani and Baha Abu Al Ata, the study highlights the complexities of balancingsecurity imperatives with adherence to international humanitarian and human rights laws. Thefindings reveal significant ethical tensions, particularly concerning the principles ofproportionality, distinction, and the risk of extrajudicial killings. The lack of transparency andaccountability in drone operations further complicates their legitimacy. Additionally, itadvocates for comprehensive policy and legal reforms to enhance oversight and regulation,ensuring compliance with international standards and ethical norms. This research aims tocontribute to the ongoing discourse on modern military practices, urging a more just andaccountable framework for the use of lethal force in contemporary conflicts.

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2024. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Targeted killings, Drones, United States, Israel, International Law, Just War Theory, Self-defence
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Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-68329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-68329DiVA, id: diva2:1865799
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KS GPS Human Rights
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Available from: 2024-06-11 Created: 2024-06-05 Last updated: 2024-06-11Bibliographically approved

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