- Depleted uranium weapons and international law: A precautionary approach
- Number of pages
- The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press
- Document type
- Book editing
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL)
This books 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 polarised, 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 regarding the use of DU were to materialise.
• In-depth legal analysis by a group of academics and practitioners with relevant expertise supplies a balanced view of the legal dimensions of the use of DU ammunition • The current scientific knowledge about DU is linked with relevant principles and rules of international law, thus going beyond the abstract presentation of the legal rules and principles at play • Addresses a topical problem of utmost practical and political salience, enabling the reader to further his/her understanding of the matter and become involved in the debate.