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12 Rules Relating to Other Specific Technologies

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: 05 February 2023

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

This chapter considers the types of weapon that are the subject of certain specific Protocols under the CCW. The text of each of these CCW Protocols is analysed to determine the range of weapons and activities covered by the instrument and to interpret the obligations that the Protocol introduces. The first Protocol discussed is the Protocol on Non-Detectable Fragments, which prohibits the use of any weapon the primary effect of which is to injure by fragments which in the human body escape detection by X-rays. The chapter then turns to the Incendiary Weapons Protocol, which prohibits certain activities altogether while limiting the circumstances in which others may be lawfully undertaken. The discussion concludes with an overview of the Laser Weapons Protocol, whose main operative provision is to prohibit the employment of laser weapons specifically designed as a combat function to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision.

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