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11 Mines, Booby-Traps, and Other Devices

From: Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict (2nd Edition)

William H. Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 29 January 2023

Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — International criminal law, victims — Warfare, land — Weapons control — Weapons, conventional

Developments in treaty law starting in 1980 have produced a complex selection of treaties and a Declaration all addressing mines, booby-traps and other devices. Chapter 11 takes each of these instruments in turn explaining the relevant provisions and thereby seeks to demonstrate how the legally complex array of rules inter-relates. The discussion shows how rules in this area have developed from what were essentially reflections of contemporary doctrine in the 1980 Protocol II to more definitive and technologically-based requirements in the Amended Protocol, thereafter culminating in the comprehensive ban of anti-personnel mines in the Ottawa Convention. The legal status of the 2006 CCW Declaration on Mines other than Anti-personnel Mines is also considered.

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