The Drops that Carve the Stone: State and Manufacturer Responsibility for the Humanitarian Impact of Cluster Munitions and Explosive Remnants of War
Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines Website, 2004
22 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2005
This paper addresses basic legal principles of state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts and how cluster munitions fit into that framework. It then lays out the reasons for ratifying Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). The article goes on to argue that another international protocol specifically addressing cluster munitions is needed to clarify international humanitarian law by giving greater emphasis to humanitarian concerns. Finally suggestions are made or actions that can be taken at the national and bi-lateral level to curtail cluster munition use.
Keywords: International law, law of war, war, human rights
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