New Technology in Modern Warfare:

A Critique of the Means and Methods of International Humanitarian Law

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Weapons of war are tools used in conducting warfare. Over the years, these weapons have evolved from catapults, bows, arrows and clubs to tanks, aircrafts and missiles. The methods of conducting warfare have also changed significantly. These changes are essentially attributed to the developments in science and technology and the wartime needs of states. From olden times, attempts had been made to regulate weapons of war and the way war is conducted. In recent times, new weapons based on new technologies have been developed and added to the arsenal of some states. They are remotely-piloted vehicles, autonomous weapons and cyber weapons. These weapons have changed how modern warfare is conducted. They have also generated a number of fundamental legal and ethical issues in IHL. Humanitarian law is not developing at the same pace with new weapons technology thereby creating a gap in the law. This work has examined the current state and scope of IHL with regard to new means and methods of warfare; the legal and ethical issues and challenges associated with the development and use of new weapons technology; and how IHL can adapt to the unfolding scenario.


Chidi Julius Lloyd


Chidi Julius Lloyd is a development analyst with over a decade experience in the public sector. He was the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Chidi Julius Lloyd holds a PhD in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Currently, he is a Law teacher with the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria.

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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


Law, new technology, International Humanitarian Law

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LAW / Public