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New War Technologies and International Law
The Legal Limits to Weaponising Nanomaterials

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  • Date Published: February 2022
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108835244

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  • The desire for humanity and the desire for security have co-existed as long as humans have been alive. As science has become increasingly sophisticated, so have the methods of self-defence by States. Nanotechnology is already changing warfare by increasing capabilities upon which armed forces are heavily reliant: more efficient energy storage, advanced photovoltaics, and improved military protective equipment to name a few of these developments. Some applications of nanomaterials by the military are both powerful and subtle, and have neurological and biological applications: 'devices that can infiltrate electronics and seize control at crucial moments, artificial “disease” agents that can rest harmlessly in victims' bodies until activated by an external signal'. The advance of the use or contemplation of use of these types of nanoscale applications by the military requires urgent analysis in light of existing international law, particularly in light of their potential effects on humans and on the environment.

    • Provides concrete examples of uses of nanomaterials in warfare, including an introduction to the technologies and how they work
    • Uses plain language examples to analyse complex scientific and legal questions
    • Interdisciplinary approach to link scientific knowledge to existing legal frameworks
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book is both legally sophisticated and practically oriented, concluding with a series of recommendations for scientists, governments and armed forces.' Professor Hilary Charlesworth, University of Melbourne, and Judge, International Court of Justice

    'The book will fully inform – with sufficient detail and clarity - an expert in one field who needs or wants information in another field … to analyse future 'means or methods of warfare', involving any number of new technologies, in the complex and broad legal review of contemporary arms control frameworks.' Professor Emerita Nancy Connell, Rutgers University

    'Through her nuanced advocacy of existing rules and methodologies, Leins makes positive recommendations for a more cooperative future discussion across legal, social, and technical communities, bypassing the past conflicts faced in the relationship between LOAC and human rights law groups.' Professor Robert McLaughlin, Australian National Centre for Oceans Resources and Security

    'New War Technologies and International Law provides an authoritative account of the legality of using nanotechnology in war.' Dr Filippa Lentzos, King's College London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2022
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108835244
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. International law and the use of nanomaterials in war
    2. The three technologies using nanomaterials
    3. International treaty law
    4. International customary law and principles
    5. International environmental law and principles
    6. International human rights law
    7. Conclusion and recommendations.

  • Author

    Kobi Leins, King's College London
    Kobi Leins is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College, London; an Expert for Standards Australia providing technical advice to the International Standards Organisation on forthcoming AI Standards; Co-founder of IEEE's Responsible Innovation of AI and the Life Sciences; Non-Resident Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research; and Advisory Board Member of the Carnegie Initiative on AI and Equality.

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