• Research/Scholar Paper name – Combat Drones Under International Humanitarian Law
  • Author: Monika Mannaru
  • Institution: Vellore Institute of Technology
  • Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Date of Publication: 09/02/2021


Countries for a very long time have indulged and financially provided for continuous innovation and developments in the field of weapons and the evolution of Drones is a notable example. Drones were not initially attached with armed weapons. Only after 2002, did many countries use it with fitted weapons. This paper will analyze the compatibility of combat drones with the existing legal regimes, particularly international humanitarian law (IHL) in accordance with its general principles of Distinction, Proportionality, Unnecessary Suffering, and Military necessity. The doctrine of lex specialis will be examined to understand the applicability of IHL or HRL for a specific situation on targeted drone attacks. Article 51 of the UN Charter provides the Right to self-defense to states which were invoked by the US in the war against terrorism and other situations as well; the author will throw light over this concept with respect to the combat drones.

Combat Drones Under International Humanitarian Law

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