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This is the introductory chapter of the book which explains about contemporary and detailed analysis of the law concerning targeting that applies to Australia, and thereby to provide a solid foundation for decision making by military commanders confronted with complex targeting decisions. The scope of the books follows the issue raised by Kellenberger when he said: One practical area where the law could be further clarified is with regard to targeting &t;. The book analyses the international law concerning target selection during international armed conflict. It focuses on areas of current uncertainty in international humanitarian law (IHL). These areas, which have been attracting significant popular attention through the media, are the choice of targets for aerial or other forms of bombardment and the precautions to be taken when launching attacks on those targets. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: international humanitarian law (IHL); military commanders; target decision



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