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Mr. Kevin Riordan
Deputy Chief Judge
Court Martial of New Zealand
Deputy Judge Advocate General
Armed Forces of New Zealand
Adjunct Lecturer in Law
Victoria University of Wellington

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Law of Armed Conflict
The Use of Weapons
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Law of Armed Conflict
The Use of Weapons
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Declaration Renouncing the Use, in Time of War, of Explosive Projectiles under 400 Grammes Weight, Saint Petersburg, 29 November/11 December 1868.

Declaration (IV, 3) concerning Expanding Bullets, The Hague, 29 July 1899.

Convention (VIII) relative to the Laying of Automatic Submarine Contact Mines, The Hague, 18 October 1907.

Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, Geneva, 17 June 1925.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (Protocol I), Geneva, 8 June 1977, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 3.

Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons (Protocol III), Geneva, 10 October 1980.

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 (with Protocols I, II and III), Geneva, 10 October 1980, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1342, p. 137. 

Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices as amended on 3 May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3 May 1996) annexed to 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, Geneva, 3 May 1996, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2048, p. 93.

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, Oslo, 18 September 1997, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2056, p. 211.

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rome, 17 July 1998, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2187, p. 3.

Convention on Cluster Munitions, Dublin, 30 May 2008, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2688, p. 35.