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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict 2nd ed isbn 9780198728504

Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict

ISBN13: 9780199569946
New Edition ISBN: 9780198728504
Published: April 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This book brings together the law of armed conflict governing the use of weapons into a single volume. It interprets these rules and discusses the factors influencing future developments in weapons law. After relating the historical evolution of weapons law, the book discusses the important customary principles that are the foundation of the subject, and gives a condensed account of the law that exists on the use of weapons. Thereafter, the treaties and customary rules applying to particular categories of weapon are stated and explained article by article and rule by rule in a series of chapters.

The legal review of weapons is also discussed, both from the perspective of how such reviews should be undertaken and how such a system should be established. Having stated the law as it is, the book then discusses the way in which this dynamic field of international law develops in the light of various influences. In the final chapter, the prospects for future rule change are discussed.

The focus of this book is thus more specific and detailed than that of the more general texts on the law of armed conflict. Throughout this book, a conscious effort has been made to explain the law as it applies to all states. The book offers an accessible style of writing and a clear layout that promotes ease of reference.

Public International Law
1. Introduction
2. Components of the International Law of Weaponry
3. The Evolution of the Law of Weaponry
4. The Use of Weapons and the Law of Targeting
5. Customary Principles - Superfluous Injury and Unnecessary Suffering
6. Customary Principles - Indiscriminate Weapons
7. Weapons and the Environment
8. Conventional Weapons Convention
9. Poison, Poisoned Weapons, Asphyxiating Gases, Biological and Chemical Weapons
10. Firearms, Bullets and Analogous Projectiles
11. The Rules Relating to Mines, Booby-traps and Other Devices
12. Rules Relating to Other Specific Technologies
13. Nuclear Weapons
14. Applying Weapons Law to Particular Weapon Systems
15. Cluster Munitions
16. Weapons in Sea Warfare
17. Unexploded and Abandoned Weapons
18. Non-international Armed Conflict
19. Compliance with International Weapons Law
20. Technology, Humanitarian Concern and International Weapons Law
21. The Future of Weapons Law