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Depleted Uranium Weapons and International Law - A Precautionary Approach

2008 Editor: Dr Avril McDonald, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands
Editor: Dr Jann K. Kleffner, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Editor: Dr Brigit C. A. Toebes , University of Aberdeen, UK



  • Published: 2008
  • Pages: 340 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

Depleted Uranium Munitions under International Law: A Precautionary Approach provides an in-depth analysis of the international legal aspects of the use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition and armour. The military use of DU has been surrounded by considerable controversy, mainly as regards the health and environmental risks that such use entails. The debate about DU has thus far been highly polarized, with one end of the spectrum rejecting any risk whatsoever, and the other end suggesting that the use of DU leads to severe health and environmental consequences, including Gulf-War syndrome, whenever it is used.

Rather than settling these controversies, the book takes as a starting point a precautionary approach in light of the considerable remaining scientific uncertainties. It examines various principles and rules of international law, which would be at play if the health and environmental concerns of the use of DU were to materialise.

This book is a useful tool for academic legal audience (public international law, human rights law, environmental law, disarmament law, victims’ rights), practitioners, government officials, the military, and civil society (NGOs, especially those working in the field of disarmament) and valuable for all interested in the consequences of modern warfare fought by technologically advanced armed forces.

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