Legal status of drones under LOAC and international law
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Penn state journal of law and international affairs, Vol. 5, no. 1, 2017, p. 165-206
This article argues that drones should be treated as any other component of the United States’ (U.S.) arsenal. A drone can be considered to be a weapons platform or singular weapon system. This article further argues that drones indeed offer extensive and enhanced opportunities for compliance with LOAC and other relevant laws governing the use of certain weapons. Particularly, drones are well suited to execute theories of self-defense in international affairs. Generally, this article examines the legality of drone strikes under LOAC based upon the geographical location of a given target. Finally, the article will conclude by exploring military command responsibility for the violations of LOAC during drone operations and the legal status of the drone operator.