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Research Guide for IHRC at Addis Ababa School of Law (Ethiopia)

Weapons Law

Drone Warfare

Drone warfare involves the use of "unmanned aerial vehicles" (UAVs) that are more commonly referred to as "drones." Modern drones are a twenty-first century phenomenon with a general consensus that "drone warfare" began when the United States armed the US Predator with missiles in 2001 and used it in a targeted attack in 2002. Therefore the public debate and development of academic of scholarship on modern drone warfare is only about 20 years old and is largely US-centric, but as state and non-state actors other than the US have increasingly procured and deployed drones, the literature is quickly expanding. 

Journal Articles (Open Access)


New Technologies in Armed Conflicts