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
Date Written: June 14, 2018
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
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