The Paradox of Precision and the Weapons Review Regime

21 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2019 Last revised: 17 Jan 2020

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Joshua Andresen

University of Surrey School of Law

Date Written: March 10, 2019

Abstract

As aerial weapons become more accurate and precise, they paradoxically expose civilians to greater harm. They make the use of military force feasible where previously it had not been. While these weapons are subject to legal review to certify that they are capable of being deployed in a discriminate manner, weapons review practice in the US and UK lends cursory approval to weapons that are as likely to harm civilians as enemy combatants. This article argues that a robust contextualized review of weapon’s effects on civilians and combatants is both legally required and in states’ strategic security interests.

Suggested Citation

Andresen, Joshua, The Paradox of Precision and the Weapons Review Regime (March 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3349876 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3349876

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