While the high-tech warriors of the future will probably not qualify as mercenaries in a technical sense, they may operate outside the support role that civilians integrated into armed forces have recently held and on which international law has based their current legal rights. This Development seeks to clarify the extent of current international law's uncertainty with respect to a possible future of warfare with civilians engaging in "trigger-pulling" activities. This Development proposes that, for international conflicts at the very least, states should either confine "trigger-pulling" activities to enlisted personnel or integrate such persons to the highest degree possible.
"Forward unto the Digital Breach: Exploring the Legal Status of Tomorrow's High-Tech Warriors,"
Chicago Journal of International Law:
1, Article 23.
Available at: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cjil/vol5/iss1/23