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Practitioners' Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict by Murray, Daragh (17th November 2016)

Part I, 2 Identifying, Defining, and Classifying the Activities of Armed Forces

From: Practitioners' Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

Daragh Murray
Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Françoise Hampson, Charles Garraway, Noam Lubell, Dapo Akande

Subject(s):
Human rights remedies — Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — International crimes — Maritime boundaries — Armed forces

While international human rights law may in principle apply across the whole spectrum of military activities, the law of armed conflict applies only in armed conflicts, including belligerent occupation. The classification of a situation as an armed conflict will therefore determine whether that body of law is applicable to particular military activities and which rules will govern the conduct of armed forces. This chapter discusses the interface between non-international and international armed conflict; occupation and the application of international human rights law; other military activities (e.g. peace support operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations, military operations in the air and in the maritime environment, and multinational operations); and the classification of military activity.

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