Welcome to International Humanitarian Law.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- understand the concept of International Humanitarian Law
- explain the issues addressed by International humanitarian Law
- understand the core principles regulating hostilities
- understand the basic rules of humanitarian assistance in armed conflict
- understand the protection of persons and objects in armed conflict
Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law
When violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) occur, victims often suffer serious consequences including infringements upon their human dignity. In the wake of such violations, attention turns to accountability. Who is responsible for enforcing respect for IHL? Given that IHL is a branch of public international law, the general rules of state and individual responsibility will apply. In addition to these general rules, IHL sets out specific legal consequences for warring parties and third states that come into play when IHL is violated.
Issues addressed by International humanitarian Law
Conduct of Hostilities: General Principles
The conduct of hostilities is a specific aspect of international humanitarian law (IHL) which regulates the means and methods of warfare. This area if often referred to as traditional Hague law. It is an area of IHL where protection is often seen to be relatively weak, with more of a focus on restrictions as opposed to prohibitions.
Weapons and International Humanitarian Law
The Law of Occupation
International humanitarian law (IHL) only applies to armed conflict, and the laws on occupation only apply to situations of occupation: a specific type of armed conflict.
The Displacement of Civilians
The displacement of civilians from their homes and separation from their families is one of the most common consequences of armed conflict and one that leads to massive humanitarian concerns. This is also includes situations where civilians are forced to flee across international borders in search of safety, security and shelter.
Humanitarian Assistance During Conflict
During conflict, the effective and speedy delivery of humanitarian aid for those in need is essential to ensure the protection of civilians. IHL sets out clear legal obligations for warring parties to facilitate the delivery of such aid.
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