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Part III Particular Protections, 10 The Protection of the Environment

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Armed conflict — Reprisals — Weapons, nuclear — Geneva Conventions 1949
It is doubtful whether any specific rules for the protection of the environment during armed conflict existed before the second half of the twentieth century. As we shall see, there were numerous statements in legal instruments of different sorts that are now capable of being interpreted as relating to the environment, but it is unlikely that environmental protection was a major, or even a significant, factor in the minds of those who negotiated or drafted those texts. In more recent years, however, as global warming and other forms of damage to the environment...
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