Tamar Meisels is a political theorist, associate professor at The School of Political Science, Government and IR, Tel-Aviv University. She is the author of Territorial Rights (Springer, 2005 and 2009), The Trouble with Terror: Liberty, Security and the Response to Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Contemporary Just War: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017), and co-editor (with Michael L. Gross) of Soft War: The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Jeremy Waldron is University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University. His recent books include Torture, Terror and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House (Oxford, 2010), The Harm in Hate Speech (Harvard University Press, 2012), Political Theory (Harvard University Press, 2016), and One Another's Equals: The Basis of Human Equality (Harvard University Press, 2017). Professor Waldron was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and, in 2015, to the American Philosophical Society (which also awarded him its Phillips Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Jurisprudence). He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2011.
The action of targeted killing brings forth many difficult questions. My personal perspective is both legal and judicial. I wrote one of the few opinions which dealt with the practice of targeted killings. I am convinced that if this book had been available to me while writing that opinion, I would have written a deeper, more conscious opinion. Would I have changed the analysis of my opinion, or the result I had arrived at? The answer to that must be deduced by the reader of this important and in-depth volume, themselves. * Justice Aharon Barak, Professor of Law, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya * Targeted killings, as illustrated by President Trump's decision to assassinate Iran's most senior military official, are an increasingly common phenomenon. When apparently carried out by Russia on UK territory, they generate widespread outrage. But when the American and Israeli governments set precedents that risk dramatically weakening the constraints on official murder, many commentators approve. While avoiding a slugfest, Meisels and Waldron succeed in articulating the strongest possible cases for and against this lamentable practice. Sadly, it seems likely that their sophisticated, illuminating and highly readable exchange will need to be widely read in the years ahead. * Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University *