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Modern Means of Warfare: The Need to Rely upon International Humanitarian Law, Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation Law to Achieve a Decent Regulation of Weapons

Natalino Ronzitti

in Realizing Utopia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691661
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.003.0042
Modern Means of Warfare: The Need to Rely upon International Humanitarian Law, Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation Law to Achieve a Decent Regulation of Weapons

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At present disarmament and international humanitarian law employ two different techniques for regulating weapons. While disarmament prohibits the build-up and stockpiling of weapons, humanitarian law regulates their use. The modern law on weapons is a combination of disarmament and humanitarian law. There are three techniques for prohibiting weapons and making their use a criminal offence: simply listing prohibited weapons; listing such weapons and asking states to enact penal legislation for their prohibition; or making the use of such weapons an international crime. With regard to possible future changes, it must be said that international humanitarian law is not the only way to achieve decent regulation of weapons. Arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament instruments should be used to achieve a more suitable result. The choice of instruments available is also important. The indeterminacy and lacunae of customary international law makes it ill-suited for disarmament. Treaties are necessary for international humanitarian law, that is, for prohibiting the use of specific weapons. However, one should also rely on soft law for managing non-proliferation regimes and even arms control.

Keywords: disarmament; international humanitarian law; weapons law; arms control; non-proliferation; treaties; soft law

Chapter.  8825 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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