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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Wounded, Sick, and Shipwrecked

Gregor Novak

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 July 2020

International peace and security — Armed conflict — Care for the sick and wounded — Conduct of hostilities

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The idea that the wounded, sick, and shipwrecked should be accorded respect and protection in the context of armed conflict has been recognized in some form in various cultures and in ancient times (see generally Henry Dunant Institute 5–19 and 29–64, O’Connell 16–23, Noone 180–81). Indeed, the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) has noted that certain rules of international humanitarian law, including those providing for the treatment of the sick and wounded in international and non-international armed conflict, reflect ‘elementary considerations of...
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