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Part II Sources, Ch.4 Treaties for Armed Conflict

Robert Kolb, Katherine Del Mar

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 December 2023

Armed conflict — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, interpretation — Treaties, reservations and declarations — Customary international law
Written law, and within that category, treaty law,2 has traditionally been, and remains today, a particularly important source of the law of armed conflict or international humanitarian law (IHL).3 There are several reasons for this preeminence. First, questions of warfare are relatively detailed and technical matters. Apart from a body of broad principles and flexible general rules adaptable to the ever-changing circumstances of armed conflict, this area of the law is prescribed in a set of detailed rules of an ‘administrative’ rather than ‘constitutional’ legal...
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