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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, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 August 2022

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Care for the sick and wounded — Conduct of hostilities — International peace and security

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 The idea that the wounded, sick, and shipwrecked should be treated humanely and 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 [ed] [1988] 5–19 and 29–64; O’Connell [2021] 25–35; Kleffner [2021] 360; Noone [2000] 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...
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