Protecting Civilians from the Effects of Explosive Weapons: An Analysis of International Legal and Policy Standards

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, United Nations, New York and Geneva, 2012

185 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2013

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Maya Brehm

Article 36; Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Date Written: December 1, 2012

Abstract

The use of explosive weapons (shells, bombs, etc.) in populated areas causes grave humanitarian harm. This study analyses how explosive weapons are regulated in international law and policy, what constraints are placed on the use of explosive weapons, and how civilians are protected against the effects of explosive weapons. It concludes that the dominant legal and policy discourse fails to articulate the serious risk of harm associated with the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in a manner that adequately protects civilians. Systematic characterization of the humanitarian harm, and a detailed assessment of the risk of harm and the measures taken to reduce that risk, could further the elaboration of legal and policy standards that enhance the protection of civilians.

Keywords: armed conflict, disarmament, explosive weapons, human rights, international humanitarian law, protection of civilians

Suggested Citation

Brehm, Maya, Protecting Civilians from the Effects of Explosive Weapons: An Analysis of International Legal and Policy Standards (December 1, 2012). United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, United Nations, New York and Geneva, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2195220

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