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Part V Key Rights in Times of Armed Conflict, Ch.19 Protection of the Natural Environment

Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Dana Constantin

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2022

Subject(s):
Geneva Conventions 1949 — Weapons, biological — Armed conflict — Protected persons and property — Customary international law — Precautionary principle
Armed conflicts have always been a threat to the natural environment and thereby also to the survival and well-being of those who depend on it for their livelihood, during the conflict and long thereafter. These threats may take a variety of forms, among them: The international effort to better protect the natural environment during armed conflict can be roughly divided into three phases. The first time the issue became a major concern was during the war in Vietnam. This eventually led to the adoption of the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or any Hostile...
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