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14 Implementation And Enforcement Of International Humanitarian Law

Silja Vöneky

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: 07 December 2023

Geneva Conventions 1949 — Ius in bello — Military assistance — Reprisals — War crimes — Aut dedere aut judicare — Command responsibility
1. Implementation andenforcement in general. In every legal order there are actions or omissions that violate legal rules and obligations. This is true in regard to the international legal order and the rules of international humanitarian law as well. Such violations do not mean that the international legal order or international humanitarian law is not the law; but it does mean that there is—as in a national legal order—the need for a lawful counterreaction in order to show that the violation of a certain humanitarian rule is a violation of the law.1 However, one...
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