The right to life and the international law framework regulating the use of armed drones
Christof Heyns, Dapo Akande, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, Thompson Chengeta
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020
Despite the fact that drones are now an established technology, there is, in some respects, a lack of consensus on how to apply to drones the various rules of international law that regulate the use of lethal force, notably the jus ad bellum, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It is the aim of this chapter to contribute toward clarifying the application of these different rules to drone warfare. In particular, this chapter will explore a number of contested issues that arise in these three areas of international law and the implications of these controversies for the regulation of armed drones.