BIOMEDICAL ENHANCEMENT OF WARFIGHTERS AND THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF MILITARY MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN ARMED CONFLICT

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Under international law, military medical personnel and facilities must be respected and protected in the event of an armed conflict. This special status only applies to personnel and facilities exclusively engaged in certain enumerated medical duties, especially the treatment of the wounded and sick, and the prevention of disease. Military medical personnel have, however, been called upon to engage in the biomedical enhancement of warfighters, as exemplified by the supply of central nervous system stimulants as a fatigue countermeasure. This article argues that international law of armed conflict does not recognise human enhancement as a medical duty, and that engaging in enhancement that is harmful to the enemy results in the loss of special protection normally enjoyed by military medical personnel and units.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftMedical Law Review
Volym26
Utgåva3
Sidor (från-till)421-448
Antal sidor28
ISSN0967-0742
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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