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Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict$
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William Boothby

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569946.001.0001

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Weapons in Sea Warfare

Weapons in Sea Warfare

(p.280) 16 Weapons in Sea Warfare
Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict

William H. Boothby

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the law applicable to sea mines, nuclear mines, submarines, missiles, and torpedoes. In the context of sea mines, the 1907 Convention that addresses automatic submarine contact mines is explained and its continuing relevance is evaluated. Contemporary law on the topic, as discussed in the San Remo Manual, is outlined and the customary law relating to sea mines is considered. After a brief discussion of nuclear mines, an account is given of the early treaties that sought to address the problems posed by submarines. The customary rules applicable to submarine warfare are stated, and the rules on the topic in the San Remo Manual and in the UK Manual are given. The law relating to the maritime use of missiles, other projectiles, and torpedoes is then stated and explained and relevant conclusions are drawn.

Keywords:   sea mines, automatic submarine contact mines, sea mine clearance, nuclear sea mines, submarine warfare, marine missiles, torpedoes

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