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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Humanitarian Assistance in Cases of Emergency

Budislav Vukas†

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 July 2024

Subject(s):
Right to life — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) — Judicial assistance — Regional co-operation — Humanitarian intervention — International organizations, practice and procedure

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 It may seem illogical and absurd, but in its constant destructive activity of preparing and waging wars, mankind has also developed international legal rules regulating armed conflicts (Humanitarian Law, International). Some of these rules deal with the treatment of war victims: the wounded, sick and shipwrecked, prisoners of war, and the civilian population in armed conflict. In some situations, humanitarian assistance must be provided to these groups in order to help them to survive. 2 In addition to calamitous events in armed conflicts, fundamental human...
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