It is now too late to argue that human rights law has no applicability during an international armed conflict. Like the invention of gunpowder, human rights law will be a constituent part of the battlefield and its surroundings for the foreseeable future. To soldiers, however, human rights law may appear to be a concept out of place in the inherently dangerous environment of armed conflict. This Chapter will discuss what is encompassed by the term ‘armed forces’ and who are entitled to be called members of the armed forces. It will also explore the role of human...
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