Unmanned Military Systems and Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law

Groningen Journal of International Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2013 Last revised: 13 Jun 2015

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Robert Frau

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) - Law Faculty

Date Written: January 1, 2013

Abstract

The article addresses human rights issues that arise from the use of unmanned military systems in armed conflict. It is assessed when and to what extent human rights law applies in times of armed conflict. The major focus is the question of whether or not human rights law applies extraterritorially. It is argued that it applies to a greater extent to the use of unmanned military systems than might be expected under the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Hence, a new approach to the concept of ‘jurisdiction’ is submitted. In addition, specific scenarios, in which unmanned military systems are frequently deployed, are measured against the legal framework.

Keywords: Drones, Human Rights Law, Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law, Jurisdiction

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Frau, Robert, Unmanned Military Systems and Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law (January 1, 2013). Groningen Journal of International Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264241

Robert Frau (Contact Author)

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) - Law Faculty ( email )

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Frankfurt, 15230
Germany

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