I'm not familiar with the academic or practical debates for this topic so I would like to ask it here.

The closest related was this decision of the German supreme court regarding plane shootdowns: https://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Entscheidungen/EN/2006/02/rs20060215_1bvr035705en.html

Just reasoning from basic principles and some logic I can see that there can arise contradictions when applied to the legal authority of military orders.

For example,

Although legally ordering innocent soldiers to their probable deaths is rarer nowadays, compared to history, it still is accepted in wartime. Especially in extreme cases.

The U.S. possibly had a few cases where this occurred in the last few decades.

And many countries retain such authority on their books.

On the other hand a 'right to life' seems to imply that this cannot be the case...

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    What "right to life" are you asking about? In the United States, at least, that could mean several things.
    – bdb484
    Dec 24, 2022 at 7:57
  • @bdb484, as defined by the UN Human Rights Charter, various other formulations that differ by a small degree...
    – M. Y. Zuo
    Dec 24, 2022 at 14:47
  • The UN charter has literally no court that could enforce it.
    – Trish
    Dec 24, 2022 at 15:42
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    @Trish, So? Many individuals and organizations within the U.S., and many other countries, speak about a 'right to life'.
    – M. Y. Zuo
    Dec 25, 2022 at 3:04
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    The terminology of "right to life" is confusing in American English because it is predominantly an abortion specific phrase in American English and is not being used in that manner in this question.
    – ohwilleke
    Dec 31, 2022 at 20:29


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