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The War on Terror and the Laws of WarA Military Perspective$
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Geoffrey S. Corn, James A. Schoettler, Jr., Dru Brenner-Beck, Victor M. Hansen, Dick Jackson, Eric Talbot Jensen, and Michael W. Lewis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199941452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199941452.001.0001

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Battlefield Perspectives on the Laws of War

Battlefield Perspectives on the Laws of War

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7 Battlefield Perspectives on the Laws of War
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The War on Terror and the Laws of War
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Michael W. Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199941452.003.0007

This chapter addresses the challenges of communicating the laws of war to the combatants who are required to abide by them. It describes the process by which law has been brought ever closer to the battlefield and the life-or-death decisions that are made there every day. It describes specific legal developments relating to the use of air power, drones, and artillery. In so doing it uncovers the challenges that law faces in competing for bandwidth against the many other considerations that influence the actions of soldiers in combat. By describing the process by which combatants internalize the laws of armed conflict, it offers suggestions about how law is best injected into the battlefield.

Keywords:   air power, drones, targeting, proportionality, distinction, artillery

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