Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History, by Markus Gunneflo, is the first extensive critical history of targeted killing operations by the US and Israel. Specifically, the book interrogates the claim that the drone strikes and other targeted killing operations in places such as Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza are not just necessary for protection of often distant populations from terrorism, but lawful under domestic and international law.
This event placed Markus Gunneflo in conversation with the Laureate Program in International Law's Ntina Tzouvala to discuss the book itself, the wider project, and its implications for the international law and political discourse of targeted killing.
Dr Markus Gunneflo is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in public international law at Lund University, Sweden. Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History, published with Cambridge University Press in 2016, is his first monograph.
Dr Ntina Tzouvala is a Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School. She is currently working on a history of United Nations involvement in the Greek civil war and a monograph on international law and the standard of civilisation.