Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

The Sociology of Science, Technology and the Military: Rules of Engagement

Study of people and machines

Rules

A highly selective bibliography of resources available through Princeton catalogs

The Sociology of Science, Technology and the Military

  Making War:   Rules of Engagement

“I was only following the command of my Superior Officer.”  Unacceptable excuse for war crimes, Nuremburg Trials, (1945-46.)

“Even though we were ordered to do so, we did not arm the missiles with chemical and biological agents before launching them, because we did not want to be tried as war criminals.”  Field Officer debriefing, First Gulf War, (1990.)

Rules for when and how weapons can be used in war and even how war can be waged are governed by international treaties and accords which have the force of international law.  Many of the complexities of all this are explored in the following titles.     

  • 1949 Geneva Conventions : a commentary, edited by Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Marco Sassòli.Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015.1651 pages.(F) KZ6512.2 1949 .N56 2015.

  • Uniform Title:  Geneva Conventions (1949 August 12). Protocols, etc., 2005 Dec. 8.
    Title:  Protocol III to the 1949 Geneva Convention and an amendment and protocol to 1980 Conventional Weapons Convention : message from the President of the United States transmitting the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the adoption of an additional distinctive emblem (the "Geneva Protocol III"), adopted at Geneva on December 8, 2005, and signed by the United States on that date, the amendment to Article I of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects (the "CCW Amendment"), and the CCW Protocol Explosive Remnants of War (the "CCW Protocol V").  Washington : U.S. G.P.O., 2006.    41 pages, illustrations.  SuDoc No. Y 1.1/4:109-10. Online.   <http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS72178>  (RECAP) Government Documents Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 15006/

  • Protecting civilians from the effects of explosive weapons : an analysis of international legal and policy standards / Maya Brehm ;UNIDIR, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.New York ; Geneva : United Nations, 2012.169 pages, illustrations.(RECAP)KZ6515 .B74 2012/.Also Online <http://www.unidir.org/pdf/ouvrages/pdf-1-92-9045-012-N-en.pdf>

  • Uniform Code of Military Justice [electronic resource] : congressional code of military criminal law applicable to all military members worldwide.Washington DC:U.S. Department of Defense, 2000.SuDoc No.D 1.6:2003010962.Online.Check catalogs for current electronic address.

  • War crimes, genocide, and justice : a global history, by David M. Crowe.New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.501 pages.(F) KZ7145 .C76 2014.
    Contents:Crimes of war : antiquity to the middle ages -- War and crimes in China and post-medieval Europe -- Crimes and colonialism -- Birth of the modern laws of war : Lieber to Versailles -- Peace, law, and the crimes of World War II -- The Nuremberg IMT trial -- The Tokyo IMT trial -- Post-World War II national trials in Europe and Asia -- The genocide and Geneva conventions : Lemkin, Tibet, Guatemala, and the Korean war -- IHL : Soviet-Afghan war, Saddam Hussein, ad hoc tribunals, and Guantánamo -- Epilogue : the ICC.Protecting civilians from the effects of explosive weapons : an analysis of international legal and policy standards / Maya Brehm ;UNIDIR, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.New York ; Geneva : United Nations, 2012.169 pages, illustrations.(RECAP)KZ6515 .B74 2012/.Also Online <http://www.unidir.org/pdf/ouvrages/pdf-1-92-9045-012-N-en.pdf>

  • Weapons and the law of armed conflict, by William H. Boothby.Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.412 pages.(F)KZ5624 .B66 2009.
    Contents:The evolution of the law of weaponry -- Components of the international law of weaponry -- The use of weapons and the law of targeting -- Customary principles-superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering -- Customary principles-indiscriminate weapons -- Weapons and the environment -- Conventional Weapons Convention -- Poison, poisoned weapons, asphyxiating gases, biological and chemical weapons -- Firearms, bullets, and analogous projectiles -- The rules relating to mines, booby-traps, and other devices -- Rules relating to other specific technologies -- Nuclear weapons -- Applying weapons law to particular weapon systems -- Cluster munitions -- Weapons in sea warfare -- Unexploded and abandoned weapons -- Non-international armed conflict -- Compliance with international weapons law -- Technology, humanitarian concern, and international weapons law -- The future of weapons law.