Practice Relating to Rule 77. Expanding Bullets
Italy’s IHL Manual (1991) states: “It is specifically prohibited … to use bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, or bullets which are pierced with incisions.”
Italy’s Law of War Decree (1938), as amended in 1992, provides: “It is prohibited to … use bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core or is pierced with incisions.”
At the CDDH, Italy abstained in the vote on the Philippine amendment (see infra
) because “it would not be useful because it dealt with means and methods of warfare which were already prohibited by the existing law”.