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Part VI Practical Aspects of Contemporary Targeting, 21 Internal Security, Insurgency, and Operations Short of War

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: 28 November 2021

Subject(s):
Armed conflict, international — Insurgents and insurrection — Geneva Conventions 1949 Additional Protocol 2 — Civil and political rights
It is a somewhat self-evident truth that the threshold for the application of the law of armed conflict is that an armed conflict must be in existence. In Chapter 4 we discussed the spectrum of conflict and noted the criteria, including the intensity and sustainment of hostilities, which must be satisfied for such a state of affairs to exist. In the present chapter, we are concerned with military operations that may be undertaken in circumstances of considerable strategic instability but which do not reach the armed conflict threshold. In a legal sense, the...
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