A critical appraisal of the air and missile warfare manual
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Texas international law journal, Vol. 47, no. 2, Spring 2012, p. 277-291
Jordan J. Paust
This article offers a critical appraisal of the Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare (AMW Manual). Although the AMW Manual was adopted by consensus after “extensive consultations” among a notable group of experts over a six-year period and allegedly “restates current applicable law,” there are a number of provisions that do not reflect current international law (especially the laws of war), are highly problematic and, if actually implemented, could result in war crime responsibility. Additionally, there are a number of provisions that are too limiting in their reach or focus or too inattentive to developments in the laws of war.