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Part One Compliance and Accountability, 1 Regulating New Weapons Technology

Rebecca Crootof

From: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict

Edited By: MAJ Ronald T.P. Alcala, Eric Talbot Jensen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 August 2020

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Weapons control

When confronted with a new weapons technology, international law scholars, military lawyers, and civil society activists regularly ask two questions: Are new regulations needed? Are they needed now? This chapter reviews the main categories of technology-fostered legal disruption; tackles the question of whether a given technology will require new law; and weighs the respective benefits of precautionary bans, a wait-and-see approach, and proactive regulation.

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