Reviewing the legality of new weapons, means and methods of warfare

31 December 2006 Kathleen Lawand

Parties to an armed conflict are limited in their choice of weapons, means and methods of warfare by the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) governing the conduct of hostilities. This article goes back to the relevant rules.

About the author

Kathleen Lawand
Legal advisor

Legal advisor in the ICRC Arms Unit until January 2007; currently Legal Advisor for the ICRC in Afghanistan. The research assistance of Pierre-Olivier Marcoux is gratefully acknowledged.