The Law of Targeting

Hardcover | September 10, 2012

byWilliam H. Boothby

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Targeting is the primary method for securing strategic objectives in an armed conflict. Failure to comply with the law of targeting jeopardizes the achievement of those aims. It is therefore essential that all those involved in or studying issues surrounding targeting have an accurate andcomplete understanding of this area of law. This book offers the definitive and comprehensive statement of all aspects of the law of targeting. It is a 'one-stop shop' that answers all relevant questions in depth. It has been written in an open, accessible yet comprehensive style, and addresses bothmatters of established law and issues of topical controversy. The text explains the meanings of such terms as 'civilian', 'combatant', and 'military objective'. Chapters are devoted to the core targeting principles of distinction, discrimination, and proportionality, as well as to the relationship between targeting and the protection of the environment and ofobjects and persons entitled to special protection. New technologies are also covered, with chapters looking at attacks using unmanned platforms and a discussion of the issues arising from cyber warfare. The book also examines recent controversies and perceived ambiguities in the rules governingtargeting, including the use of human shields, the level of care required in a bombing campaign, and the difficulties involved in determining whether someone is directly participating in hostilities. This book will be invaluable to all working in this contentious area of law.

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Targeting is the primary method for securing strategic objectives in an armed conflict. Failure to comply with the law of targeting jeopardizes the achievement of those aims. It is therefore essential that all those involved in or studying issues surrounding targeting have an accurate andcomplete understanding of this area of law. Thi...

Bill Boothby recently retired as Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Royal Air Force. He served in Germany, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Croatia and in a variety of locations in the United Kingdom. In 2009 he was awarded a Doktor der Rechte degree in international law at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany and published his asso...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199696616

ISBN - 13:9780199696611

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Table of Contents

Section I: The Law of Targeting in Context1. Introduction2. Historical Evolution of the Law3. Sources of the Law4. Spectrum of ConflictSection II: General Principles in the Law of Targeting5. Fundamental Customary Principles and Customary Rules6. The AP1 Rule of Distinction7. The AP I Requirement to take Precautions in Attack8. The Controversy Over the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities9. The Controversy over Bombardment - What is the Required Degree of Care?Section III: Particular Protections10. The Protection of the Environment11. Cultural Property12. Objects Entitled to Special ProtectionSection IV: Weapons and Technologies13. Weapons Law14. Targeting Using Particular TechnologiesSection V: Specific Media15. Naval Warfare16. Air Warfare17. Space Warfare18. Cyber WarfareSection VI: Practical Aspects of Contemporary Targeting19. The Prosecution of Difficult Targets20. Types of WarfareSection VI: Implementing the Law of Targeting21. How States Implement the Distinction Principle22. When Things go WrongSection VII: Conclusion23. The changing nature of conflict and the law of targeting