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Part IV Key Concepts for Humanitarian Law, Ch.11 The Developing Law of Weapons

Steven Haines

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 December 2023

Weapons — Armed conflict, international — Weapons, nuclear — Weapons, conventional
It is often suggested that weapons law has a long history. Ancient bans on the use of poison are, for example, frequently mentioned to support this view. Weapons were also famously a source of mediaeval controversy. The English victories against the much more numerous French forces at both Crécy in 1346 and Azincourt in 1415 were delivered largely by the longbow, regarded as a good example of a paradigm shifting technology ushering in what some have referred to as a ‘revolution in military affairs’.2 That phrase may be an exaggeration, but the longbow certainly...
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