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Part B Law Enforcement, VII Law Enforcement and the Protection of Life under International Humanitarian Law

From: Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Armed conflict, international — Targeted killing — Armed conflict, non-international — Care for the sick and wounded — Murder — Prisoners of war — Proportionality — Occupation — Military necessity — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Right to life — Rights of persons deprived of their liberty — International courts and tribunals, decisions — Jurisdiction
International humanitarian law (IHL) is the body of rules and principles specifically designed to regulate the conduct of States and individuals actively involved in situations of international or non-international armed conflict. As far as the lawfulness of the use of lethal force against individuals is concerned, IHL provides two fundamentally different standards, depending on whether or not the use of force is part of the conduct of hostilities. The standards of IHL which govern the use of lethal force during the conduct of hostilities belong to the...
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