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Part Three Distinction, 8 Emerging Technologies and the Principle of Distinction: A Further Blurring of the Lines between Combatants and Civilians?

Michael W. Meier

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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 October 2021

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Weapons

This chapter assesses the need to reconsider the principle of distinction in light of advancements in technology. Various emerging technologies, including unmanned aerial systems, lethal autonomous weapons, and cyber capabilities, have already begun to test the principle of distinction. How will these and other emerging technologies impact the implementation of the principle of distinction under the Law of Armed Conflict?

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