Legal and Ethical Guiding Principles and Constraints Concerning Non-Lethal Weapons Technology and Employment

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Authors
Coppernoll, Margaret-Anne
Maruyama, Xavier K.
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Date of Issue
1998-02
Date
February 1998
Publisher
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
Language
en_US
Abstract
Development and employment of nonlethal weapons and their associated technologies require legal and ethical review prior to the procurement and acquisition process. Non-lethal technologies apply to the entire spectrum of conflict in the post Cold-War environments, including Military Operations Other Than War. However, the use of these non-traditional methods must still adhere to the same principles which have historically guided the conduct of our armed forces, namely, humanitarian law, customary international law, and the Law cf Armed Conflict.The unconventional technologies associated with non-lethal weapons make them sensitive to the provisions of more recent treaties and conventions, including the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions and the four Protocols of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention and the appended 1995 Supplement. In addition, other treaties such as the Nairobi International Telecommunications Convention and the Montreal Protocol on the Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer may impact the use cf certain non-lethal weapons technologies.
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Conference Paper
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A paper submitted to Non-Lethal Defense III, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, February 1998.
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Naval Postgraduate School
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7 p.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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