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Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Edited by: James Gow , Ernst Dijxhoorn , Rachel Kerr , Guglielmo Verdirame

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315111759
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This volume provides an authoritative, cutting-edge resource on the characteristics of both technological and social change in warfare in the twenty-first century, and the challenges such change presents to international law.

The character of contemporary warfare has recently undergone significant transformation in several important respects: the nature of the actors, the changing technological capabilities available to them, and the sites and spaces in which war is fought. These changes have augmented the phenomenon of non-obvious warfare, making understanding warfare one of the key challenges. Such developments have been accompanied by significant flux and uncertainty in the international legal sphere. This handbook brings together a unique blend of expertise, combining scholars and practitioners in science and technology, international law, strategy and policy, in order properly to understand and identify the chief characteristics and features of a range of innovative developments, means and processes in the context of obvious and non-obvious warfare. The handbook has six thematic sections:

  • Law, war and technology
  • Cyber warfare
  • Autonomy, robotics and drones
  • Synthetic biology
  • New frontiers
  • International perspectives.

This interdisciplinary blend and the novel, rich and insightful contribution that it makes across various fields will make this volume a crucial research tool and guide for practitioners, scholars and students of war studies, security studies, technology and design, ethics, international relations and international law.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Obvious and non-obvious Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Weapons law, weapon reviews and new technologies Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A defence technologist’s view of international humanitarian law Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Can the law regulate the humanitarian effects of technologies? Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Computer network attacks under the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Computer network attacks under the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Proportionality in cyber targeting Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Digital intelligence and armed conflict after Snowden Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The ambiguities of cyber security Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Autonomy of humans and robots Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Autonomous agents and command responsibility Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Legal-policy challenges of armed drones and autonomous weapon systems Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The ‘robots don’t rape’ controversy Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Humanity and lethal robots Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Biotechnological innovation, non-obvious warfare and challenges to international law Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Synthetic biology and the categorical ban on bioweapons Download PDF
Chapter  18:  A threat assessment of biological weapons Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The synthetic biology dilemma Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Space oddities Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Outer space and private companies Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Biometrics and human security Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Future war crimes and the military (1) Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Future war crimes and the military (2) Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Future war crimes and prosecution Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Russian information warfare and its challenges to international law Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Unconventional warfare and technological innovation in Islam Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Cyber security, cyber-deterrence and international law Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The US, the UK, Russia and China (1) Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The US, the UK, Russia and China (2) Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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