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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Military Objectives

Marco Sassòli

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Military objectives — Weapons — Ius ad bellum — Humanitarian intervention — Armed forces — Peace keeping

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

1 According to an uncontroversial principle of customary international humanitarian law ( Customary International Law ; Humanitarian Law, International ) codified in Art. 48 Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol I (1977) (‘AP I’), parties to an international armed conflict must distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives (see the Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law published by the International Committee of the Red Cross [‘ICRC’] in Henckaerts and Doswald-Beck 3–8, 25–29; see also...
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