Current challenges to the legal regulation means of warfare
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Collegium, No. 41, Automne 2011, p. 13-20
This contribution first addresses the conceptual challenge of what is meant by ‘means of warfare’ or ‘weapons’ in the broadest sense. Indeed, to clarify that notion is vital in determining the regulatory ambit of the law of armed conflict as it relates to ‘means of warfare’. Secondly, It addresses a normative challenge, namely the regulation in the law of armed conflict of effects of weapons that may only materialise after a considerable lapse of time. Thirdly, it addresses the challenge to legal regulation that emanates from processes of moral disengagement induced by an increasing number of new technologies.