Remedying torturous effects of the use of chemical weapons under international law
Regina Valutyte and Neringa Mickeviciute
Prosecuting international crimes : a multidisciplinary approach
Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, 2016
The use of chemical weapons marked the modern history of wars with shocking images from World War I, World War II, or Iran-Iraq war, among others. The recent use of chemical weapons against soldiers and civilians in the Syrian internal conflict raised concerns over the adequacy of the international legal framework regulating chemical weapons and, most importantly, legal remedies available to the victims of such attacks. Thus, this article looks into the prohibition of chemical weapons under international humanitarian law and the extent of its applicability to non-international armed conflicts. In addition, the issues of bringing the perpetrators of such acts to justice and providing redress to victims are analyzed. To this end, the possibilities of qualifying the use of chemical weapons as the act of torture is explored.