Future war crimes and the military (1)

Cyber warfare

Authored by: James Gow , Ernst Dijxhoorn

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

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

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315111759-23

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Abstract

Issues of wrong and right were always central in the conduct of warfare. During the twentieth century, especially as it came to its close, those issues grew in perceived importance and attitudes towards them shifted, with extensive discussion of wrong and right surrounding all armed conflicts. Discussion of war crimes and calls for prosecution grew, as the changing character of warfare coincided with greater attention to the law – and the boundaries of wrong and right came under ever-greater pressure, while also being harder to distinguish. 1 The wave of technological innovation in the twenty-first century could only serve to blur those boundaries further.

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