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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Manuals on the Law of Armed Conflict

Earle A Partington

Subject(s):
Armed forces — Peace keeping — Armed conflict — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Prisoners of war — Customary international law — State practice

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In a nutshell, a manual on the law of armed conflict (‘LOAC’) is a publication which is intended to set forth one or both of the following: (a) an agreed version of the law of armed conflict; and (b) evidence of State practice relating to the law of armed conflict (see also Air Warfare ; Land Warfare ; Naval Warfare ). To bring substance to this definition, there are a number of questions that need to be answered. What should a manual do? To whom is it directed? By whom is it written and authorized? 2 The answer to these questions requires an examination of the...
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