Part II, 13 Air Operations
Daragh MurrayEdited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Françoise Hampson, Charles Garraway, Noam Lubell, Dapo Akande
- Human rights remedies — Military assistance — Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — Warfare, air — Weapons
This chapter addresses the law of armed conflict and international human rights law requirements relevant to air operations. These include those conducted during international armed conflict, non-international armed conflict, and situations not constituting armed conflict. The chapter begins by distinguishing between civil and military aircraft. It then discusses basic rules and target discrimination; methods and means of warfare (e.g. air-to-surface missiles, incendiary weapons, laser weapons, blockade, war zone restrictions, air-to-air combat, and aircraft in distress and aircrew in enemy-held territory); measures short of attack: interception, visit, search, diversion, and capture; interception, landing, and inspection of enemy medical aircraft; the control of airspace in non-international armed conflict and situations short of armed conflict; and air security operations (e.g. anti-hijacking operations, anti-drug trafficking operations, arms embargo interdictions, and weapons interdictions).