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12 The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict

Dieter Fleck

From: The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (3rd Edition)

Edited By: Dieter Fleck

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

Armed conflict, non-international — Belligerence — Insurgents and insurrection — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Principle of distinction — Paramilitary groups — Derogations
1201 Many armed conflicts today take place largely within the boundaries of a state and involve confrontations between the authorities of a state and armed groups or among armed groups that do not operate under state authority at all. Such armed conflicts are referred to as non-international and although, by definition, they do not occur between sovereign states, there is a body of international law which applies to them nonetheless. 1. The notion of non-international armed conflict. While civil wars have frequently taken place throughout history, after the end of...
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