What's wrong with drones ? : the battlefield in international humanitarian law
The American way of bombing : changing ethical and legal norms, from flying fortresses to drones
Ithaca (Etats-Unis) ; London : Cornell University Press, 2014
In this chapter, Klem Ryan refutes the notion that drones are no different from other weapons systems - such as helicopters or long-range missiles. He argues that drones have led to a respatialization of the battlefield that undermines important assumptions of international humanitarian law (IHL) as it is conceived in the Hague and Geneva Conventions, namely that belligerents mutually occupy a distinct physical space in which war is conducted. They have the effect of collapsing the key barrier upon which the concepts of combatant identity and distinction rely for their efficacy. Thus drones represent a decisive break with conventional limited war and may render IHL impotent to impose effective restraints on the conduct of future conflicts.