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16 Maritime and Outer Space Weapons

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, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 December 2022

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

This chapter explores the law of armed conflict with regard to the weapons used in sea warfare. It addresses automatic contact mines, nuclear mines, submarines, missiles, and torpedoes. Relevant elements of the treaties of 1907, of instruments adopted in 1930 and 1936, of the writings of experts and in particular of the San Remo Manual and of the UK Manual are considered in relation to each class of weapon. A discrete section looks at weapons in outer space, noting the application of international law to outer space by virtue of article III of the Outer Space Treaty, and the important provisions of article IV of that treaty. The issues that a reviewer of an outer space weapon would need to consider are set forth in that section.

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