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International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is that portion of international law which is inspired by considerations of humanity. It aims to minimize the suffering of those not, or no longer, taking part in hostilities and to render the fighting more humane by restricting the use of barbaric weapons....
The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission was established in 1977 by Article 90 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Unfortunately, it has never been used. This article looks at the Commission, its history and whether it is still relevant in the modern world.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has been mandated to try those with the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law, crimes against humanity and Sierra Leonean law committed on the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. This article will analyse...
Commonwealth States have a reasonable record in their accession to international humanitarian law (IHL) treaties, however, ratification is only the first step. In order for countries to be able to fulfil the obligations that flow from IHL treaties, they must put in place the required national...
This presentation was originally delivered by the Attorney General of Samoa at the International Criminal Court Regional Advocacy Seminar, held in Canberra, Australia, on 6 August 2007. It provides rare insights into the negotiations leading up to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal...
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