The Joint Committee, drone strikes and self-defence: Caught in no man's land?
White, Nigel D. (2016) The Joint Committee, drone strikes and self-defence: Caught in no man's land? Journal on the Use of Force and International Law . ISSN 2053-1710
The Joint Committee’s Report centres around a crucial issue concerning the use of drones by the UK to target suspected terrorists outside of armed conflict, namely the meaning and application of the right of self-defence, and whether such strikes meet the key elements of such a right – that there is an imminent armed attack necessitating the use of lethal force against a terrorist or terrorists. The Report is clear in its finding that ‘it is the Government’s policy to be willing to use lethal force, outside of armed conflict …, against individuals suspected of planning an imminent terrorist attack against the UK, as a last resort, when there is no other way of preventing the attack’.
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