Comprehensive overview by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger of our legal and policy positions on new weapons technologies and IHL. In his speech, Mr. Kellenberger confronts the challenges and uncertainties raised by current and future weapons systems. The ICRC President spoke on September 9th at the 34th Round Table on Current Issues of International Law, in San Remo, Italy.
New technologies and new weapons have revolutionised warfare since time immemorial. We need only think about the invention of the chariot, of canon powder, of the airplane or of the nuclear bomb to remember how new technologies have changed the landscape of warfare.