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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Weapons, Prohibited

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 February 2019

Weapons — Armed conflict — Weapons control — Armed conflict, non-international — Conduct of hostilities

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 A ‘weapon’ is ‘a thing designed, intended or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage; a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself’. ‘Prohibit’ means ‘formally forbid by law, rule, etc; prevent’ ( Concise Oxford English Dictionary [11th ed OUP Oxford 2006] ). 2 As these definitions indicate, the notion of prohibited weapons concerns itself with legal rules which formally forbid activities related to things that are designed, intended, or used in order to cause physical harm to persons or to damage property. Helpfully, the weapon definition...
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