Has the armed conflict in Afghanistan affected the rules on the conduct of hostilities?

Geiss, R. and Siegrist, M. (2011) Has the armed conflict in Afghanistan affected the rules on the conduct of hostilities? International Review of the Red Cross, 93(881), pp. 11-46. (doi:10.1017/S1816383111000191)

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Abstract

The armed conflict in Afghanistan since 2001 has raised manifold questions pertaining to the humanitarian rules relative to the conduct of hostilities. In Afghanistan, as is often the case in so-called asymmetric conflicts, the geographical and temporal boundaries of the battlefield, and the distinction between civilians and fighters, are increasingly blurred. As a result, the risks for both civilians and soldiers operating in Afghanistan are high. The objective of this article is to assess whether – and if so how much – the armed conflict in Afghanistan has affected the application and interpretation of the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precaution – principles that form the core of legal rules pertaining to the conduct of hostilities.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Geiss, Professor Robin
Authors: Geiss, R., and Siegrist, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:International Review of the Red Cross
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1816-3831
ISSN (Online):1607-5889
Published Online:05 August 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 International Committee of the Red Cross
First Published:First published in International Review of the Red Cross 93(881):11-46
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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