As we have seen, despite the fact that IHL has existed for centuries, it continues to be a developing area of the law. This is particularly true as the nature of armed conflicts has changed so much in recent time. Civilians, in most contemporary armed conflicts, continue to pay a heavy price. Thus, the applicability of IHL is of paramount concern.
- International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts from the ICRC. (Links to an external site.)
After reading the article, choose one of the arenas of controversy to focus on (for example, autonomous weapons systems). Find an example from the popular press wherein the very controversy discussed is playing out (U.S.’s use of UAVs in Afghanistan). Analyze the actions being undertaken in light of the applicable law. Critique the arguments both pro and con for the actions and judge which you believe to be the stronger position.
- What supports your position?
- Would the domestic courts likely find in your favor?
- Would an international court?
- Why or why not?
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