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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Air Warfare

Yoram Dinstein

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 September 2019

Subject(s):
Civil aviation — Warfare, air — Armed conflict, non-international — Weapons — Conduct of hostilities

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The law of air warfare is an integral part of the international law of armed conflict ( Armed Conflict, International ) . Whereas land and sea warfare have beset mankind since time immemorial, air warfare began to develop only recently. Its dawn was the introduction of balloons in the 19th century. But it was the first flight of the aeroplane, at the onset of the 20 th century, that revolutionized warfare. World War I was the first armed conflict to reveal the far-reaching potential inherent in mastering air warfare. World War II and subsequent armed conflicts...
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