In this chapter, the author examines the legal framework prohibiting and restricting the use of conventional weapons. After a brief historical overview of the limitations on the use of weapons in war, the role and potential of the Convention on Conventional Weapons as well as the recourse to alternative fora - namely the Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions - are analyzed. Consideration is also given to bans and restrictions on the use of conventional weapons in non-international armed conflicts as well as to the use of specific weapons in law enforcement contexts.
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