New weapons : legal and policy issues associated with weapons described as "non-lethal"
International humanitarian law and the changing technology of war
Leiden ; Boston : M. Nijhoff, 2013
This chapter outlines the approach taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross with respect to any new weapon introduced by the military. At its core this requires that any new weapon technology, prior to its deployment, be subject to proper legal review to assess its compatibility with IHL. Furthermore, it explores two common assumptions made about "non-lethal" weapons: first, that a class of weapons exists that truly may be characterised as "non-lethal", and second whether there is significant military utility for these "non-lethal" weapons across a wide range of military operations ranging from law enforcement through peacekeeping to counterinsurgency combat.
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