Modern drone warfare and the geographical scope of application of IHL : pushing the limits of territorial boundaries ?
Research handbook on remote warfare
Cheltenham ; Northampton : E. Elgar, 2017
The times where wars were fought with man-to-man combat on a clearly defined battleground seem to be over. Nowadays, more and more fighting activities take place by using remote controlled drones and other comparable weapons systems. The questions that arise for international humanitarian law (IHL) are whether these scenarios have to be seen (1) within the scope of IHL, and if so, whether (2) the existing rules are still able to deal with this type of weapon, or whether we need a reform of the current IHL regime. This chapter focuses primarily on the first question, and examines whether we have to think about expanding the concept of the geographical scope of IHL, or whether the current system is sufficient to cover all situations which are connected with remote warfare in armed conflict situations. It also looks at how this issue is related to the application of international human rights law, especially in cases of so-called "targeted killings".
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