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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