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Attack of the Drones

Sjöberg, John LU (2010) MRSK30 20101
Human Rights Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
This thesis uses a Just war theory framework to do an argument analysis of the Obama administrations official legal justification of targeted killings and the use of drones as lawful state practise. The conduct of targeted killings using drones has increased since Barack Obama became president and has become a tool that is argued to effectively diminish the strength of AL-Qaida and other alleged terrorist organisation. But the increased use has called for demands on a public justification from the administration since the conduct of targeted killings using drones against non-state actors is surrounded by legal uncertainties. After presenting the legal issues with targeted killings, the American state practise on targeted killings and the... (More)
This thesis uses a Just war theory framework to do an argument analysis of the Obama administrations official legal justification of targeted killings and the use of drones as lawful state practise. The conduct of targeted killings using drones has increased since Barack Obama became president and has become a tool that is argued to effectively diminish the strength of AL-Qaida and other alleged terrorist organisation. But the increased use has called for demands on a public justification from the administration since the conduct of targeted killings using drones against non-state actors is surrounded by legal uncertainties. After presenting the legal issues with targeted killings, the American state practise on targeted killings and the increasing use of drones from the Obama administration I go on to the analysis.

The analysis shows that a selected sample of the international legal scholar community both supports and opposes the American view. Also some uncertainties are found, such as “DPH” and “membership” in an armed organisation as a legal base for targeting. This might call for a furthermore elaborated justification. The thesis also discusses some of the moral and ethical issues regarding a battlefield where the line between man and machine gets evermore thin. (Less)
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author
Sjöberg, John LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSK30 20101
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Argument Analysis, Just war Theory, Targeted killings, Drones, International law
language
English
id
1653555
date added to LUP
2010-09-24 16:28:41
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  abstract     = {This thesis uses a Just war theory framework to do an argument analysis of the Obama administrations official legal justification of targeted killings and the use of drones as lawful state practise. The conduct of targeted killings using drones has increased since Barack Obama became president and has become a tool that is argued to effectively diminish the strength of AL-Qaida and other alleged terrorist organisation. But the increased use has called for demands on a public justification from the administration since the conduct of targeted killings using drones against non-state actors is surrounded by legal uncertainties. After presenting the legal issues with targeted killings, the American state practise on targeted killings and the increasing use of drones from the Obama administration I go on to the analysis. 

The analysis shows that a selected sample of the international legal scholar community both supports and opposes the American view. Also some uncertainties are found, such as “DPH” and “membership” in an armed organisation as a legal base for targeting. This might call for a furthermore elaborated justification. The thesis also discusses some of the moral and ethical issues regarding a battlefield where the line between man and machine gets evermore thin.},
  author       = {Sjöberg, John},
  keyword      = {Argument Analysis,Just war Theory,Targeted killings,Drones,International law},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Attack of the Drones},
  year         = {2010},
}