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Conventional Weaponry: the Law from St. Petersburg to Lucerne and beyond

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In November 1868, an International Military Commission assembled at St. Petersburg "to examine into the expediency of forbidding the use of certain projectiles in times of war between civilised nations". This so-called St. Petersburg Declaration was signed on 11 December 1868 by the representatives of seventeen States, and thus became the first conventional undertaking to renounce the use in war of specific category of weapon. This chapter focuses on the proceedings which ultimately resulted in the adoption, on 10 October 1980, of the UN Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects. It also focuses more on Geneva than on New York, and explains the work of the ICRC than on that of the United Nations. The Lucerne Conference had an ambitious agenda, with as its first item a discussion of legal criteria.

Keywords: conventional weapons; Geneva; ICRC; Lucerne conference; St. Petersburg Declaration; UN convention



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