A defence technologist’s view of international humanitarian law

Authored by: Tony Gillespie

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

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

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
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The 1949 Geneva Conventions are supplemented by two Additional Protocols. The first (API) concerns the conduct of international conflicts. This includes Article 36, a requirement for reviews of new means and methods of warfare. 1 Formal reviews are usually carried out at major milestones – points which mark the end of a major stage in a programme for the procurement of a new weapon. The definition of a major stage will vary depending on the nature of the programme and its technologies. This chapter discusses Article 36 reviews from a technologist’s point of view, identifies important milestones, and proposes the types of technical evidence required at key points.

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