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Drones in International Law

  • Groningen Journal of International Law


The use of drones is especially controversial given the overlap in this area between international humanitarian and human rights law. Traditionally, international law did not envisage the use of such weapons, whether as part of an armed conflict or not. Thus, new interpretations of the positive law must be made; an issue of on-going debate, particularly given the context of the ‘War on Terror’ in the post-9/11 era, and the attendant developments in attitude towards acceptable modes and methods of warfare. In order to fill the current legal lacunae sustainably, the law must be developed in a way which is palatable to the international community, particularly to sovereign States.