High-tech civilians, participation in hostilities, and criminal liability : reconciling U.S perspectives
Matthew T. King
The impact of emerging technologies on the law of armed conflict
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019
Section I of this chapter explores the effects of technology on the potential civilianization of the battlespace, and the general status of combatants and civilians under the law of armed conflict. Section II then breaks down the U.S. perspectives on civilians involved in hostilities, examining the arguably differing perspectives on civilian status and the legality of their activities on, near, or affecting the battlefield. Section III questions whether these perspectives can be applied uniformly in practice, and probes how the different perspectives can be reconciled—generally through the assertion of rights of a sovereign. It further explores whether a new legal regime is needed or viable to address the status and use of high-tech civilians.
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