1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

ISBN 9781138084551
Published May 29, 2019 by Routledge
448 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides an authoritative, cutting-edge resource on the characteristics of both technological and social change in warfare in the twenty-first century, and the challenges such change presents to international law.

The character of contemporary warfare has recently undergone significant transformation in several important respects: the nature of the actors, the changing technological capabilities available to them, and the sites and spaces in which war is fought. These changes have augmented the phenomenon of non-obvious warfare, making understanding warfare one of the key challenges. Such developments have been accompanied by significant flux and uncertainty in the international legal sphere. This handbook brings together a unique blend of expertise, combining scholars and practitioners in science and technology, international law, strategy and policy, in order properly to understand and identify the chief characteristics and features of a range of innovative developments, means and processes in the context of obvious and non-obvious warfare. The handbook has six thematic sections:

  • Law, war and technology

  • Cyber warfare

  • Autonomy, robotics and drones

  • Synthetic biology

  • New frontiers

  • International perspectives.

This interdisciplinary blend and the novel, rich and insightful contribution that it makes across various fields will make this volume a crucial research tool and guide for practitioners, scholars and students of war studies, security studies, technology and design, ethics, international relations and international law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Technological Innovation, Non-Obvious Warfare and Challenges to International Law Rachel Kerr

Part I: Law, War and Technology

2. Obvious and Non-Obvious: the Changing Character of Warfare Ernst Dijxhoorn and James Gow

3. Weapons Law, Weapon Reviews and New Technologies Bill Boothby

4. A Defence Technologist’s View of International Humanitarian Law Tony Gillespie

5. Can the Law Regulate the Humanitarian Effects of New Technologies? Brian Rappert

Part II: Cyber Warfare

6. Computer Network Attacks Under the Jus ad Bellum and the Jus in Bello: ‘Armed’ – Effects and Consequences Elaine Korzak and James Gow

7. Computer Network Attacks Under the Jus ad Bellum and the Jus in Bello: Distinction, Proportionality, Ambiguity and Attribution Elaine Korzak and James Gow

8. Proportionality in Cyber Targeting Marco Roscini

9. Digital Intelligence and Armed Conflict after Snowden Sir David Omand

10. The Ambiguities of Cyber Security: Offence and the Human Factor James Gow

Part III: Autonomy, Robotics and Drones

11. Autonomy of Humans and Robots Thrishanta Nannayakkara

12. Autonomous Agents and Command Responsibility Jack McDonald

13. Legal-Policy Challenges of Armed Drones and Autonomous Weapon Systems Matthew C. Waxman and Kenneth Anderson

14. The ‘Robots Don’t Rape’ Controversy Maziar Homayounnejad and Richard E. Overill

15. Humanity and Lethal Robots: An Engineering Perspective Tony Gillespie

Part IV: Synthetic Biology

16. Biotechnological Innovation, Non-Obvious Warfare and Challenges to International Law Christopher Lowe

17. Synthetic Biology and the Biological Weapons Convention Filippa Lentzos and Cecile Hellestveit

18. A Threat Assessment of Biological Weapons: Past, Present and Future Matteo Bencic Habian

19. The Synthetic Biology Dilemma: Dual-Use and the Limits of Academic Freedom Guglielmo Verdirame and Matteo Bencic Habian

Part V: New Frontiers

20. Space Oddities: Law, War and the Proliferation of Space Power Bleddyn Bowen

21. Outer Space and Private Companies: Consequences for Global Security Pawel Frankowski

22. Biometrics and Human Security James Gow and Georg Gassauer

23. Future War Crimes and the Military (1): Cyber Warfare James Gow and Ernst Dijxhoorn

24. Future War Crimes and the Military (2): Autonomy and Synthetic Biology James Gow and Ernst Dijxhoorn

25. Future War Crimes and Prosecution: Gathering Digital Evidence Maziar Homayounnejad, Richard E. Overill and James Gow

Part VI: International Perspectives

26. Russian Information Warfare and its Challenges to International Law Oscar Jonsson

27. Unconventional Warfare and Technological Innovation in Islam: Ethics and Legality Ariane Tabatabai

28. Cyber Security, Cyber-Deterrence and International Law: the Case of France Anne-Marie Le Gloannec and Fleur Richard-Tixier

29. The US, the UK, Russia and China (1): Regulating Cyber Attacks under International Law – Developments at the United Nations Elaine Korzak

30. The US, the UK, Russia and China (2): Regulating Cyber Attacks under International Law – the Potential for Dedicated Norms Elaine Korzak

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James Gow is Professor of International Peace and Security and Co-Director of the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London, UK.

Ernst Dijxhoorn is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Rachel Kerr is Reader in International Relations and Contemporary War and Co-Director of the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London, UK.

Guglielmo Verdirame is Professor of International Law at the Department of War Studies and the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, UK.