International Security Law

The continuing relevance of the doctrine of combat immunity?

Going to war is the most profound exercise of public power, and killing in war is its most profound expression. As much as killing in war, or injuring, capturing and destroying in war, has been occurring since ancient times, there is very little in domestic or international law that expressly authorises it. In an age where statutory authority is required to authorise the exercise of public power in the finest detail, killing in war stands as a strange anomaly.

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