Related Rule
Australia
Practice Relating to Rule 86. Blinding Laser Weapons
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states: “Under the 1995 Protocol IV of the CCW [1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] …, laser weapons are prohibited from use where they are specifically designed to cause permanent blindness.” 
Australia, The Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict, Australian Defence Doctrine Publication 06.4, Australian Defence Headquarters, 11 May 2006, § 4.12.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).
Upon acceptance of the 1995 Protocol IV to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Australia stated: “The provisions of Protocol IV shall apply in all circumstances.” 
Australia, Declaration made upon acceptance of Protocol IV to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, 22 August 1997.
In 1997, in its response to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, the Australian Government stated:
There is no evidence of any actual use of blinding laser weapons. Against this background, constructing and implementing arduous verification mechanisms was not regarded as a vital element of Protocol IV to the [Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons]. Should future developments indicate a need for verification and compliance measures, the Australian government would consider the options accordingly … In the face of the global community’s overwhelming support for the achievements of Protocol IV and the absence of any consensus on a need to tighten its provisions, the Australian Government considers the text to be essentially adequate in dealing with the limited problem at hand. However, should persuasive evidence of any substantive weaknesses emerge, the Government will, through official review processes including the Review Conference in 2001, explore options for ensuring that effect is given to the intent behind Protocol IV. 
Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, Restrictions on the Use of Blinding Laser Weapons and Landmines, Government Response, Canberra, August 1997.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
Under the 1995 Protocol IV of the CCW [1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] (CCW P. IV), laser weapons are prohibited from use where they are specifically designed to cause permanent blindness. While CCW P. IV does not prohibit use of lasers for other purposes, precautions must be taken when using laser systems for other purposes in order to avoid causing permanent blindness. 
Australia, The Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict, Australian Defence Doctrine Publication 06.4, Australian Defence Headquarters, 11 May 2006, § 4.12.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).
In 1997, in its response to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, the Australian Government stated:
Efforts are under way to increase the safety of these [laser] systems. For example, the Defence Department’s Defence Science and Technology Organization has a program aimed at making laser range-finders safer through the development and use of lasers which can be operated in the eye-safe region of the electromagnetic spectrum. 
Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, Restrictions on the Use of Blinding Laser Weapons and Landmines, Government Response, Canberra, August 1997.