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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Humanitarian Law, International

Hans-Peter Gasser

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 May 2019

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Care for the sick and wounded — Geneva Conventions 1949 Additional Protocol 1 — Armed forces — Ius ad bellum — Ius in bello

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

1 Modern international law includes two chapters that respond to the threat and conduct of war or, as the phenomenon is now regularly called, of armed conflict: ius ad bellum and ius in bello . The aim of the first set of rules is to prohibit war as a means to settle disputes between States ( Use of Force, Prohibition of ). The main source of this prohibition is the UN Charter, which outlaws the threat or use of force in international relations ( Use of Force, Prohibition of Threat ), with the exception of those circumstances that may justify such use of force, in...
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