This book is designed to fill a gap in Italian publications dealing with the legal issues triggered by the use of aircraft in armed conflicts. The absence of international regulations governing aerial hostilities, despite the increasing use of the same, calls for a serious reflection on the subject, offered here in the form of a collection of articles on the fundamental principles of humanitarian law and their application to the operations performed by the air forces, and more specifically to aerial bombardment. Recent legal rulings and the publication by Harvard University of Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare are evidence of the need, felt at all levels, for an exhaustive work on this subject.
Aereonautica Militare Italiana, Italy
Gianni Angelucci, in the Italian Air Force since 1973, he has held the most important positions in existence as a commissioned officer. Brigadier General since 2010, he lectures on legal subjects in the leading training institutions of the Italian Air Force.
Luisa Vierucci, a researcher in international law at the University of Florence and specialised in international humanitarian law, has published articles in scientific journals of international prestige, as well as co-editing with Pierre-Marie Dupuy a book entitled: NGOs in International Law: Efficiency in Flexibility? (E. Elgar, 2008). She has worked with the international Red Cross in crisis zones (Uganda and Uzbekistan) in the capacity of expert on international humanitarian law.