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So-Called "Non-Lethal" Weapons In Peace Support Operations

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Non-lethal weapons can be classified according to their functions or technology. This chapter focuses on the functional elements of non-lethal weapons, since the intent is to give a practical overview and assessment of the legality of these new technologies, rather than their technology. It can be said that kinetic energy weapons pose the least challenge from the legal point of view: their effects are well known, and, with proper rules of engagement (ROE) and training, most of them can be used in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law (lHL). Although there is no definite answer to the problems posed by non-lethal weapons, especially in the complex environment of Peace Support Operations (PSOs), some of them already under development, some of them existing only as ideas for the future, it is clear that these will require a lot of attention in the future.

Keywords: international humanitarian law (lHL); non-lethal weapons; Peace Support Operations (PSOs)



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