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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Protecting Power

Hans-Joachim Heintze

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 September 2020

Subject(s):
Diplomatic relations — Armed conflict — Geneva Conventions 1949

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

1 During armed conflicts a protecting power is a neutral State or one which is not party to the conflict, and is designated by a party to the conflict and accepted by the adverse party. Moreover, the protecting power itself will have agreed to carry out the functions of a protecting power. The tasks assigned to a protecting power are listed in the Geneva Conventions I–IV (1949) ([adopted 12 August 1949, entered into force 21 October 1950] UNTS vol 75). Thus, protecting powers act under the Geneva mandate. The idea behind the Geneva mandate is the use of...
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