Civilian objects shall not be the object of attack. That is the general rule provided for in API1 and is reflective of a customary law rule which has its basis in the customary principle of distinction. The nature and significance of the protection afforded to civilian objects was discussed in Chapters 5 and 6. Reference is, however, made in both hard-2 and soft-law3 instruments to the notion that certain types of civilian object are entitled to special protection. It is the purpose of this chapter to consider whether, in relation to each such category of civilian...
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