Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare: A Review

Military Law and Law of War Review, Vol. 49, 2010

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2013

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Ian Henderson

Law School, University of Adelaide; Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law

Date Written: January 01, 2010

Abstract

In 2009, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University published the Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare and an associated Commentary. The stated purpose of the Manual is to restate the current customary international law governing air and missile warfare. It purports to be neither a draft treaty nor an attempt to develop the law. There is no equivalent publication available, with the nearest similar document being the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea. This article summarizes the development of the Manual and provides a critique of its content. While some doubt is expressed about some aspects of the Manual, the article concludes that the Manual does an excellent job of achieving its purpose, and that both the Manual and Commentary are a valuable contribution to the available literature.

Keywords: air, missile, warfare, manual, international law, humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, IHL, LOAC

Suggested Citation

Henderson, Ian, Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare: A Review (January 01, 2010). Military Law and Law of War Review, Vol. 49, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200060

Ian Henderson (Contact Author)

Law School, University of Adelaide ( email )

Australia

Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law

Melbounre
Australia

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