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Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Shooting to Kill
Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Use of Lethal Force
Edited by Simon Bronitt, Miriam Gani and Saskia Hufnagel    

The present book brings together perspectives from different disciplinary fields to examine the significant legal, moral and political issues which arise in relation to the use of lethal force in both domestic and international law. These issues have particular salience in the counter terrorism context following 9/11 (which brought with it the spectre of shooting down hijacked airplanes) and the use of force in Operation Kratos that led to the tragic shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. Concerns about the use of excessive force, however, are not confined to the terrorist situation. The essays in this collection examine how the state sanctions the use of lethal force in varied ways: through the doctrines of public and private self-defence and the development of legislation and case law that excuses or justifies the use of lethal force in the course of executing an arrest, preventing crime or disorder or protecting private property. An important theme is how the domestic and international legal orders intersect and continually influence one another. While legal approaches to the use of lethal force share common features, the context within which force is deployed varies greatly. Key issues explored in this volume are the extent to which domestic and international law authorise pre-emptive use of force, and how necessity and reasonableness are legally constructed in this context.


Simon Bronitt is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University in Brisbane.His research interests include criminal justice issues, including counter terrorism law and human rights, covert policing, telecommunications interception and international criminal law.
Miriam Gani is an Associate Professor in Law at the ANU College of Law at the Australian National University in Canberra.  Her teaching and research interests are in criminal law, especially Australian Federal Criminal Law.
Saskia Hufnagel is a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University in Brisbane. Her research focuses on comparative criminal and human rights law.

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