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Markus Gunneflo

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The Targeted Killing Judgment Of The Israeli Supreme Court And The Critique Of Legal Violence, Markus Gunneflo Dec 2011

The Targeted Killing Judgment Of The Israeli Supreme Court And The Critique Of Legal Violence, Markus Gunneflo

Markus Gunneflo

The targeted killing judgment of the Israeli Supreme Court has, since it was handed down in December 2006, received a significant amount of attention: praise as well as criticism. Offering neither praise nor criticism, the present article is instead an attempt at a ‘critique’ of the judgment drawing on the German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin’s famous essay from 1921, ‘Critique of Violence’. The article focuses on a key aspect of Benjamin’s critique: the distinction between the two modalities of ‘legal violence’ – lawmaking or foundational violence and law-preserving or administrative violence. Analysing the fact that the Court exercises jurisdiction over ...


The Targeted Killing Judgment Of The Israeli Supreme Court And The Critique Of Legal Violence, Markus Gunneflo Dec 2011

The Targeted Killing Judgment Of The Israeli Supreme Court And The Critique Of Legal Violence, Markus Gunneflo

Markus Gunneflo

The targeted killing judgment of the Israeli Supreme Court has, since it was handed down in December 2006, received a significant amount of attention: praise as well as criticism. Offering neither praise nor criticism, the present article is instead an attempt at a ‘critique’ of the judgment drawing on the German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin’s famous essay from 1921, ‘Critique of Violence’. The article focuses on a key aspect of Benjamin’s critique: the distinction between the two modalities of ‘legal violence’ – lawmaking or foundational violence and law-preserving or administrative violence. Analysing the fact that the Court exercises jurisdiction over ...