The idea that cultural property should receive particular attention in the law of armed conflict is not new or recent. It has, for some considerable time, been clear that the cultural objects that are recognized as such by mankind in general, or that are valued, recognized, or appreciated by particular racial, ethnic, national, or other groups of people should not be the object of attack. This was not always the case, however, and even in more recent times, cultural objects have been the object of attack.1 The important distinction, however, is that whereas the...
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