The purpose of this chapter is to draw together themes which emerge from the case studies and to consider the challenges they leave with us.1 The chapter is in three parts. It begins by summarizing many of the difficulties in classifying the situations of armed violence covered by the case studies,2 difficulties which relate both to the process of classification and its outcome. The chapter then discusses the legal and practical consequences of classification, in particular with regard to issues of detention and the application of force. The final section reaches...
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