The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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accurately recorded or they possess an effective neutralizing mechanism. The Protocol also stipulates that all pre-planned minefields must be recorded and that, with regard to all other minefields, the parties to the conflict are to endeavour to record their location.The ICRC participated as an observer in the negotiations of the CCW. Although there were few formal interventions by the ICRC during the negotiating process, the results of the three expert meetings convened by the ICRC on the subject of conventional weapons in relation to 1974–1977 Diplomatic Conference provided much of the background material for the preparatory meetings and diplomatic negotiations. Several subsequent articles were published which specifically spoke about the treaty's obligations relating to landmines.As at 1 May 2000, the 1980 CCW had been ratified by seventy-eight States, and Protocol II had been ratified by seventy States. The provisions of Protocol II would later be strengthened by the adoption of amendments during the 1995–1996 Review Conference of the 1980 CCW which would also adopt a protocol banning blinding laser weapons.
A New Step Forward in International Law: Prohibitions or Restrictions on the
Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
by Yves Sandoz

Published in the International Review of the Red Cross, 220
January–February 1981

I. INTRODUCTION
On 10 October 1980, the “United Nations Conference on Prohibitions or Restrictions of Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects” ended with the adoption by consensus of the following instruments:
—Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons,
—Protocol on Non-Detectable Fragments (Protocol I),
—Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II),
—Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons (Protocol III).

In addition, at its first session, the Conference had adopted a Resolution on small-calibre weapon systems. All these texts are reproduced in this issue of the

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