International House

1414 East 59th St

United States

Monday, February 25, 2013 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Legitimate Target: A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing

Amos Guiora, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

International House
Home Room
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

Free and open to the public. 

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Targeted killings represent both the contemporary weapon of choice and, and likely, the weapon of the future. From the perspective of the nation-state, the benefits of targeted killing are clear: aggressive measures against identified targets can be carried out with minimal, if any, risk to soldiers. But while the threat to soldiers is minimal, there are other risks that must be considered. Particularly, there is a high possibility of collateral damage as well as legitimate concerns regarding how a target is defined. Clearly broad legal, moral, and operational issues are at stake when considering targeted killing.

For this The World Beyond the Headlines event, Amos Guiora will discuss why targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details, thus ensuring that it complies with principles of domestic and international laws. Based on personal experience and an academic perspective, Guiora will offer important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying a legitimate target.

Amos N. Guiora is a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. Guiora who teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Religion and Terrorism incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas.  Amos Guiora is a Research Associate with University of Oxford, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Law and National Security Advisory Committee;  a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzylia, Israel;  a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law, was awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands (2008) and research grant from the Stuart Family Foundation (2011).

Guiora has published extensively in the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power,  multiculturalism and human rights. Guiora is the author of numerous articles, op-eds and books; his recent books include, “Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, Fundamentals of Counterterrorism, Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation,  Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security and Homeland Security: What is it and Where are we Going?” He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Legal Advisor to the IDF Home Front Command and Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip. Professor Guiora received the S.J. Quinney College of Law  Faculty Scholarship Award (2011).

Cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, International House Global Voices, and the Jewish United Fund (JUF).

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