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Part C Hostilities, XII Means and Methods in the Conduct of Hostilities

From: Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 May 2024

Weapons — Conduct of hostilities
One of the most basic provisions of the law of hostilities is that there are legal restrictions as to the means and methods that States may use during the conduct of hostilities. This principle was already expressed in early treaty IHL: The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited.1 In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden to employ arms, projectiles, or material calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.2 Subsequently, these rules were extended to cover not only the ‘means’, but...
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