Hamline Law Review
The right to be free from extra-legal, arbitrary, or summary ex- ecutions is recognized in a number of international human rights in- struments. Such killings violate article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,' which provides that "every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life."
David Weissbrodt and Terri Rosen, Principles against Executions, 13 Hamline L. Rev. 579 (1990), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/364.