Regulating New Weapons Technology

The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict (Eric Talbot Jensen & Ronald T.P. Alcala, eds., Oxford University Press) (2019 Forthcoming)

30 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2018 Last revised: 4 Apr 2019

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Rebecca Crootof

University of Richmond School of Law; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project

Date Written: June 14, 2018

Abstract

When confronted with a new weapons technology, international law scholars, military lawyers, and civil society activists regularly ask two questions: Are new regulations needed? And are they needed now? This paper reviews the main categories of technology-fostered legal disruption; tackles the question of whether a given technology will require new law; and weighs the respective benefits of precautionary bans, a wait-and-see approach, and proactive regulation.

Keywords: weapons, bans, international humanitarian law, law of armed conflict, tech law, analogical reasoning

Suggested Citation

Crootof, Rebecca, Regulating New Weapons Technology (June 14, 2018). The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict (Eric Talbot Jensen & Ronald T.P. Alcala, eds., Oxford University Press) (2019 Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3195980

Rebecca Crootof (Contact Author)

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Yale University - Yale Information Society Project ( email )

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