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The Challenges of Asymmetric Warfare. Enhancing Compliance with International Humanitarian Law by Organized Armed Groups

Textbook 2016 156 Pages

Politics - International Politics - Topic: Public International Law and Human Rights

Summary

All armed conflicts, whether international or non-international, are characterized by some sort of asymmetry. Disparities between parties to armed hostilities have always been an issue as a matter of fact, although not necessarily addressed by International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as a matter of law. IHL remains a stranger to such situations, for it is based on its equal applicability to all parties of a conflict.
Nonetheless, contemporary conflicts have shown that the said equality may no longer be the rule, but rather the exception. This refers in particular to non-international armed conflicts where parties are inherently asymmetrical and the weaker ones tend to act in straightforward violation of universally hailed rules in order to engage their technologically advanced and more resourceful enemy.
Accordingly, the ways in which asymmetric actors behave during armed conflicts challenge IHL’s basic foundations, and the fact that civilians still endure the burden of hostilities, as their primary victims, underpins the necessity for further efforts in the attempt to promote respect for IHL.
This work assesses diverse alternatives to respond to these brutal forms of asymmetric confrontations, with a view on those mechanisms which best address the causes why non-state actors deny not only complying with IHL from a legal perspective but also contemplating policy-making considerations.

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Pages
156
Type of Edition
Erstausgabe
Year
2016
ISBN (eBook)
9783960675617
ISBN (Book)
9783960670612
File size
8.1 MB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v340811
Grade
Tags
Asymmetric Warfare Compliance with International Humanitarian Law Non-International Armed Conflict Organized Armed Group Promotion of International Humanitarian Law

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