Legitimate Target: A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing

Amos Guiora, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

The recently leaked Department of Justice memo on the legality of killing American citizens has brought new attention to the Obama administration’s strategy of drone strikes and assassinations abroad. In this The World Beyond the Headlines event, Amos Guiora discussed why targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details. Based on personal experience and his legal and academic perspective, Guiora offered important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying “legitimate targets.”

Amos Guiroa picAmos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has published extensively on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. His most recent books include Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation, and Homeland Security: What is it and Where are we Going?Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Legal Advisor to the IDF Home Front Command and Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, International House Global Voices, and the Jewish United Fund (JUF).

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