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The definition of a legitimate target in US air warfare: a normative enquiry into the effectiveness of international law in the conduct of hostilities

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This study explores the effectiveness of international law in regulating combat operations during international armed conflict. The first part sketches a theory of effective international law, answering the question: Can the legal definition of a legitimate target of attack make a difference for target selection besides actors' material interests and normative aspirations? Part II centers on an empirical investigation of US air targeting and explores the question: Does the law in fact make...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Merton College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Politics and International Relations
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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral

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