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War Crimes and the Conduct of Hostilities

War Crimes and the Conduct of Hostilities

Challenges to Adjudication and Investigation

Edited by Fausto Pocar, Marco Pedrazzi and Micaela Frulli

Most charges for war crimes are brought for violations of the rules on the treatment of protected persons in armed conflict situations. However in certain cases, they are brought for serious breach of international humanitarian law rules governing the conduct of hostilities. This book seeks to address this somewhat neglected area of international criminal law.

Chapter 10: The use of prohibited weapons and war crimes

Andrea Cannone

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, public international law, terrorism and security law


The 1946 Nuremberg judgement, when referring to war crimes pursuant to Art 6 (b) of the London Charter, recalled that the Hague Regulations prohibit the use of certain means of war, in particular the employment of poisoned weapons. Other international tribunals and inquiry commissions also played an important role in ascertaining war crimes related to the weapons used in recent armed conflicts. This discussion on prohibited weapons accepts that the relevant rules of customary international law are those listed in the 2005 International Committee of the Red Cross Study on customary international law. Therefore, no further discussion on the conclusions reached in that study will be carried out here.

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