Challenging the perplexity over jus in bello proportionality
Title: Challenging the perplexity over jus in bello proportionality
Author: ANDRESEN, Joshua
Citation: European Journal of Legal Studies, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 19-35
External link: http://www.ejls.eu/
Contrary to the common claim that jus in bello proportionality is an obscure and intractable principle of modern warfare, this paper shows that proportionality balancing has a central role to play in assuring efficient military operations with a minimum number of casualties. Military commanders can and should want to understand proportionality as a requirement to measure military advantage in terms of lives saved and direct their operations toward the most life-saving operations. The targeted killing context in particular highlights the advantage of making proportionality analysis a central component of military strategy in asymmetrical conflicts.
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