This chapter opens with an overview of the two distinct views that have emerged over the last two decades in response to the changing nature of warfare. Common to both is the anxiety that the modern state is ill-prepared to respond to the spatial reconceptualisation of the global order. In particular, this chapter explores how the law of armed conflict's spatial preconceptions have been radically challenged through state practice and the decisions of courts. It suggests that this reconstitution of space has engendered an angst that is as much about the pace of change as it is about the outcome produced. The second part of this chapter considers the legal debates surrounding the use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, as a tactic in responding to transnational terrorism and suggests that the discomfort that many feel about this technology is symptomatic of a deep set of concerns related to the extended spatial, and temporal, reach of the law of armed conflict. This chapter interrogates whether this reconfiguration of space is disrupting the divide between war and crime and between jus in bello and jus ad bellum. The final part of this chapter reflects upon whether the extended spatial scope of the law of armed conflict is to be welcomed or resisted.
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