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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Land Warfare

Robin Geiß, Kubo Mačák

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 January 2021

Warfare, land — Belligerence — Occupation — Armed conflict — Prisoners of war — Conduct of hostilities — Weapons

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Historically, land has been the most important theatre of war (see Region of War). Technological advancements have gradually unlocked additional theatres or domains of war: the sea, the air, cyberspace, and outer space. The concept of war on land thus stands in contradistinction to these other, newer domains. Traditionally, the laws of war (now referred to as international humanitarian law or ‘IHL’; Humanitarian Law, International) have reflected a tripartition between land warfare, naval warfare, and air warfare. The 1907 Convention respecting the Laws and...
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