The Encyclopedia is a project of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights launched on 2 December 2013. The Enyclopedia aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on weapons, the effects of their use, and their regulation under public international law, in a format that is accessible to non-specialists.+ Find out more
The term ‘projectile electric-shock weapons’ describes devices capable of applying, at a distance, a high voltage electric-shock to a target via one or more projectiles. These projectiles are most commonly wired darts, or probes, although other variants exist. The most widely known of these devices are the range of ‘Tasers’ produced by the United States company, Taser International. In addition to delivering an electric-shock via projectiles, several of these weapon types are also capable of delivering an electric-shock when pressed directly against an individual, a technique commonly referred to as ‘drive-stun’.
Last updated on: 03 February 2014