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American Studies Encounters the Middle East$
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Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628844

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628844.001.0001

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Traveling Law

Traveling Law

Targeted Killing, Lawfare, and the Deconstruction of the Battlefield

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(p.207) Traveling Law
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American Studies Encounters the Middle East
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Craig Jones

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628844.003.0009

In recent years there has been a huge amount of interest in drone warfare and targeted killing. Unsurprisingly, the focus has been on the ever-expanding US targeted killing program. In this chapter I argue that contemporary US targeted killing is rooted in important ways in a juridical form of assassination invented and developed by Israel in the early 2000s. I draw on ideas of mobile and travelling law to demonstrate how a ‘legal right to kill’ asserted by Israeli war lawyers was subsequently adopted, and later expanded, by the US military. Israeli and US targeted killing does not simply ignore law; it takes place through it and international law especially has become a key means through which violence is legitimated and extended. The result is a juridical violence that that is rewriting the very boundaries and meaning of war.

Keywords:   targeted killing, lawfare, travelling law, Israel, United States

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