The thesis of this article argues that while the use of preemptive military strikes, now adopted by the United States against non-state actors and rogue states, appears to be justified under international law, such a military exercise must be subject to well defined and clearly stated international legal rules.
Obayemi, Olumide K.
"Legal Standards Governing Pre-Emptive Strikes and Forcible Measures of Anticipatory Self-Defense under the U.N. Charter and General International Law,"
Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.ggu.edu/annlsurvey/vol12/iss1/3