The chapter considers the US government’s justifications of counterterrorism measures with a particular focus on the use drones for targeted killings. In line with the book’s overall framing, the US can be seen as ejecting traditional understandings of some fundamental human rights principles in favour of co-opted ideas of group rights to security. Particularly the way in which drones are being used in counterterrorism campaigns raises a number of important questions related to the laws of armed conflict, such as proportionality and the principle of distinction. The chapter analyses US legal justifications for its actions and evaluates the potential for broader impacts on international human rights and humanitarian law.
|Title of host publication||Human Rights in Times of Transition|
|Subtitle of host publication||Liberal Democracies and Challenges of National Security|
|Editors||Kasey McCall-Smith, Andrea Birdsall, Elisenda Casanas Adam|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Nov 2020|