Emerging Technologies and LOAC Signaling
Eric Talbot Jensen, 𝘌𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘖𝘈𝘊 𝘚𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 91 Iɴᴛ'ʟ. L. Sᴛᴜᴅ. 621 (2015).
As States seek to weaponize new technologies such as robotics, cyber tools and nanotechnology, the current law of armed conflict (LOAC) that guides the employment of existing weapons will signal rules and principles that should guide national decisions on what new technologies to weaponize and how to do so in a way that ensures compliance with battlefield regulation. LOAC has served this "signaling" function historically with respect to innovative weapon systems such as balloons, submarines, airplanes, and nuclear weapons, and will continue to do so as nations look forward to potentially weaponizing emerging technologies.
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