International Humanitarian Law

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War is as old as humanity and as most human activities it is regulated. Whether they are informed by military necessity, humanity or other motives, acts of war are governed by international law. The main goal of the applicable rules is to protect war victims. Knowledge of those rules is essential to their proper application and to the dissemination of the civilizing values which they carry. This book is intended to contribute to a better understanding of the law governing armed conflict International humanitarian law. The first part of the book gives a general overview of International humanitarian law in all its aspects. The second part provides a detailed analysis of its major aspects. Finally, a third part examines some current challenges to IHL. This book will stand as a leading reference for all those who strivein the field, the classroom, the courtroom, or the corridors of powerto protect the most vulnerable among us. Table of contents Introduction General overview Definitions and related comments

Characteristics of international humanitarian law
  • The nature of IHL
  • The object of IHL
  • The scope of application of IHL
The Sources of IHL
  • Treaties
  • Customary law
  • General principles of law
  • Judicial decisions
  • The work of scholars
  • Resolutions adopted by international bodies
Historical Development of IHL
  • Historical Development of IHL
  • The origins
  • Solferino and its repercussions
  • Original protection and combat rules
  • Between the two World Wars
  • The Geneva Conventions of 1949
  • The Additional Protocols
  • Conduct of hostilities
  • Other developments
Armed conflicts and the law Detailed analysis Subjects of IHL
  • States
  • The United Nations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • The ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • The International Institute of Humanitarian Law and other learned institutions
  • Organized armed groups and individuals
Armed conflicts
  • International armed conflicts
  • Non-international armed conflicts
  • Internationalized non-international armed conflicts
  • Characterization
  • A single type of armed conflict?
Rules of IHL
  • The Fundamental rules of protection
  • Particular rules of protection
Protective signs and signals
  • The white flag
  • The Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal o a white Background
  • Distinctive sign for prisoners of war camps
  • Distinctive sign for places of civil internment
  • Emblem of hospital and safety zones and localities
  • International distinctive sign of civil defence
  • International special sign for works and installations containing dangerous forces
  • Emblems for the protection of cultural property
  • Emblem of protected places in case of naval bombardment
  • Other signs and emblems
  • Signals
Implementation of IHL
  • Implementation of IHL under international law
  • Implementation of IHL in Canada
Challenges to IHL
  • Contextual background
  • Development of IHL
  • Application of IHL
  • Compliance with IHL

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