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Part VI Practical Aspects of Contemporary Targeting, 20 Non-International Armed Conflict

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 November 2021

Subject(s):
Armed conflict, non-international — Weapons — Combatants — Conduct of hostilities — War crimes
The focus of early international law-making was clearly upon wars between States.1 In recent decades, however, the majority of armed conflicts have been internal to a single State rather than inter-State in nature.2 The rules of international law that apply in relation to non-international armed conflicts have always been more limited than those applying to wars between States. This may be a reflection of the reluctance of States to permit international law to intrude into what may be seen as the State’s own internal, or sovereign, affairs.3 Treaty law applicable...
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