Modern Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict

U.S. Military Operations: Law, Policy, and Practice 41-66 (Corn, VanLandingham, & Reeves eds. Oxford University Press) 2015

26 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015

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Shane Reeves

United States Military Academy, West Point

David A. Wallace

United States Military Academy, West Point

Date Written: December 22, 2015

Abstract

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the history of efforts to regulate permissible weapons and munitions. As the increasingly sophisticated nature of weapons law is inextricably linked to this history, Part II provides important context for understanding this component of the law of armed conflict. The framework of the law of weaponry and the principles for regulating the means of warfare are considered in Part III. Part IV discusses the process for determining whether a weapon is lawful and allowed in military operations. Part V concludes that, notwithstanding the claims of some critics, weapons law is sufficiently robust and pliable to regulate current and emerging means of war.

Keywords: Law of Armed Conflict, IHL, Weapons, Munitions, Regulating Weapons, military necessity, humanity, warfare, cyber space, autonomous weapons,

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Reeves, Shane and Wallace, David A., Modern Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict (December 22, 2015). U.S. Military Operations: Law, Policy, and Practice 41-66 (Corn, VanLandingham, & Reeves eds. Oxford University Press) 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707292

Shane Reeves (Contact Author)

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

David A. Wallace

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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