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Targeting, Gender and International Posthumanitarian Law and Practice: Framing the Question of the Human in International Humanitarian Law

Journal article
Authors Matilda Arvidsson
Published in Australian Feminist Law Journal
Volume 44
Issue 1
Pages 9-28
ISSN 1320-0968
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Law
Pages 9-28
Language en
Keywords international humanitarian law, targeting, posthumanist feminist theory, Rosi Braidotti, posthumanitarian international law
Subject categories International law


Focusing on targeting law and practice in contemporary high-tech warfare, this article brings international humanitarian legal scholarship into conversation with posthumanist feminist theory for the purpose of rethinking international humanitarian law (IHL) in terms of the posthuman condition. I suggest that posthumanist feminist theory – in particular Rosi Braidotti’s scholarship – is helpful to the IHL scholar for understanding and describing high-tech warfare that recognises the ‘targetable body’ as both material and digital. Posthumanist feminist theory, moreover, avails us of a much-needed critical position from which to reframe the question of what the ‘humanitarian’ aim in IHL is: who, and what, can the ‘human’ of this humanitarianism be? This article sets out the framework for a posthumanitarian international law as an ethicalnormative order worthy, as Braidotti puts it, of the complexity of our times.

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