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New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace

New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace


William H. Boothby, Rob McLaughlin, Ioana Maria Puscas, Heather A. Harrison Dinniss, Harry Aitken, Hitoshi Nasu, Kobi Leins, Diana M. Bowman, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Melissa de Zwart, David P. Fidler
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108740128

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  • Policymakers, legislators, scientists, thinkers, military strategists, academics, and all those interested in understanding the future want to know how twenty-first century scientific advance should be regulated in war and peace. This book tries to provide some of the answers. Part I summarises some important elements of the relevant law. In Part II, individual chapters are devoted to cyber capabilities, highly automated and autonomous systems, human enhancement technologies, human degradation techniques, the regulation of nanomaterials, novel naval technologies, outer space, synthetic brain technologies beyond artificial intelligence, and biometrics. The final part of the book notes important synergies that emerge between the different technologies and legal provisions, existing and proposed, assesses notions of convergence and of composition in international law, and provides some concluding remarks. The new technologies, their uses, and their regulation in war and peace are presented to the reader who is invited to draw conclusions.

    • Explains new and emerging technologies in accessible terms that will enable the reader to understand the nature and potential applications of cutting edge technologies
    • Adopts a novel, comparative law approach to the warfare and peacetime applications of specific technologies that will help to evaluate topical issues of new law and policy
    • Sets ideas of composition in international law alongside linkages between emerging technologies and discusses future legal and policy challenges
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108740128
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Introduction William H. Boothby
    2. Regulating new weapon technologies William H. Boothby
    3. The law on the conduct of hostilities William H. Boothby
    4. Non-LOAC governed deployment of military technologies: some regulatory touchstones Rob McLaughlin
    Part II:
    5. Cyber capabilities William H. Boothby
    6. Highly automated and autonomous technologies William H. Boothby
    7. Military human enhancement Ioana Maria Puscas
    8. Legal aspects of human enhancement technologies Heather A. Harrison Dinniss
    9. Human degradation technologies and international law Harry Aitken and Hitoshi Nasu
    10. Nanomaterials: a tale of two applications Kobi Leins and Diana M. Bowman
    11. Naval technologies Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg
    12. Outer space Melissa de Zwart
    13. Synthetic brain technologies: beyond artificial intelligence David P. Fidler
    14. Biometrics William H. Boothby
    15. So, what do we make of all this? William H. Boothby.

  • Editor

    William H. Boothby, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
    William H. Boothby is an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and former Air Commodore. He retired in 2011 as Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Royal Air Force. He is the author of several leading texts on the law of armed conflict, including Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict (2nd Edition, 2016) and The Law of War: A Detailed Assessment of the US Department of Defense 'Law of War Manual' (Cambridge, 2018) with Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg. He has been a member of Groups of Experts that addressed Direct Participation in Hostilities that produced the HPCR Manual of the Law of Air and Missile Warfare, the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare and the Leuven Manual on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations and teaches in Australia, Denmark and Geneva.


    William H. Boothby, Rob McLaughlin, Ioana Maria Puscas, Heather A. Harrison Dinniss, Harry Aitken, Hitoshi Nasu, Kobi Leins, Diana M. Bowman, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Melissa de Zwart, David P. Fidler

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