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Space Weapons And The Law, Bill Boothby May 2017

Space Weapons And The Law, Bill Boothby

International Law Studies

Outer space is of vital importance for numerous civilian and military functions in the modern world. The idea of a space weapon involves something used, intended or designed for employment in, to or from outer space to cause injury or damage to the enemy during an armed conflict. Non-injurious, non-damaging space activities that adversely affect enemy military operations or capacity, though not involving the use of weapons, will nevertheless be methods of warfare. Article III of the Outer Space Treaty makes it clear that international law, including weapons law, applies in outer space. Accordingly, the superfluous injury/unnecessary suffering and ...


Syria: Can International Law Cope? Workshop Report, Christopher M. Ford Jun 2016

Syria: Can International Law Cope? Workshop Report, Christopher M. Ford

International Law Studies

The Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College and the Center for the Rule of Law at the U.S. Military Academy convened a three-day workshop in November 2015. The workshop sought to examine the question posed by its title: Can International Law Cope with the Situation in Syria? It is a question that has ramifications for the viability of international law well beyond the confines of events in Syria. This report surveys the key issues that were raised during the workshop and serves as an introduction to the articles that follow ...


Mapping War Crimes In Syria, Beth Van Schaak Jun 2016

Mapping War Crimes In Syria, Beth Van Schaak

International Law Studies

This article maps the range of war crimes being committed in Syria with reference to the applicable treaty and customary international law and prospects for prosecution. It begins by presenting the international legal framework employed to determine when an armed conflict began in Syria, how this conflict is classified under international law and which multilateral treaties and customary rules are operative. This framework underlies the determination of which war crimes can be prosecuted, which tribunals might have jurisdiction and which perpetrators may be made subject to indictment. The article next focuses on some open legal and factual issues around certain ...


The Combatant’S Stance: Autonomous Weapons On The Battlefield, Jens David Ohlin Jan 2016

The Combatant’S Stance: Autonomous Weapons On The Battlefield, Jens David Ohlin

International Law Studies

Do Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) qualify as moral or rational agents? This paper argues that combatants on the battlefield are required by the demands of behavior interpretation to approach a sophisticated AWS with the “Combatant’s Stance”—the ascription of mental states required to understand the system’s strategic behavior on the battlefield. However, the fact that an AWS must be engaged with the combatant’s stance does not entail that other persons are relieved of criminal or moral responsibility for war crimes committed by autonomous weapons. This article argues that military commanders can and should be held responsible for ...


Full Volume 75: International Law Across The Spectrum Of Conflict Aug 2000

Full Volume 75: International Law Across The Spectrum Of Conflict

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


Chapter Vi (The Tanker War And The Maritime Environment) Jun 2000

Chapter Vi (The Tanker War And The Maritime Environment)

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


Full Volume 74: The Tanker War, 1980-88: Law And Policy Jun 2000

Full Volume 74: The Tanker War, 1980-88: Law And Policy

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


The Law Of War In Historical Perspective, Leslie C. Green Dec 1998

The Law Of War In Historical Perspective, Leslie C. Green

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


Full Volume 72: Law Of Military Operations Liber Amicorum Dec 1998

Full Volume 72: Law Of Military Operations Liber Amicorum

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


Shooting Down Drug Traffickers, Phillip A. Johnson Dec 1998

Shooting Down Drug Traffickers, Phillip A. Johnson

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.


The Environmental Threat Of Military Operations, William M. Arkin Jun 1996

The Environmental Threat Of Military Operations, William M. Arkin

International Law Studies

No abstract provided.