Taking Armed Groups Seriously: Ways to Improve their Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

Taking Armed Groups Seriously: Ways to Improve their Compliance with International Humanitarian Law International Humanitarian Legal Studies 1 (2010) 5–51 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187815210X12766020139767 brill.nl/ihls * Th e author chairs the board of Geneva Call, an NGO engaging armed non-state actors to respect humanitarian norms, but this article refl ects only his personal views. Th e author would like to thank Ms. Anne-Laurence Brugère and Ms. Katherine Del Mar, research assistants at the University of Geneva, for their valuable research and linguistic revising of this text, and three anonymous peer reviewers for their very thoughtful and challenging comments and suggestions. Taking Armed Groups Seriously: Ways to Improve their Compliance with International Humanitarian Law Marco Sassòli * Professor and Director, Department of International Law and international organization, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Associate Professor, University Laval, Canada and University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada Marco.Sassoli@unige.ch Abstract Most contemporary armed confl icts are not of an international character. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) applicable to these confl icts is equally binding on non-State armed groups as it is on States. Th e legal mechanisms for its implementation are, however, still mainly geared toward States. Th e author considers that the perspective of such groups and the diffi culties for them in applying http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies Brill

Taking Armed Groups Seriously: Ways to Improve their Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1878-1373
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1878-1527
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10.1163/187815210X12766020139767
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International Humanitarian Legal Studies 1 (2010) 5–51 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187815210X12766020139767 brill.nl/ihls * Th e author chairs the board of Geneva Call, an NGO engaging armed non-state actors to respect humanitarian norms, but this article refl ects only his personal views. Th e author would like to thank Ms. Anne-Laurence Brugère and Ms. Katherine Del Mar, research assistants at the University of Geneva, for their valuable research and linguistic revising of this text, and three anonymous peer reviewers for their very thoughtful and challenging comments and suggestions. Taking Armed Groups Seriously: Ways to Improve their Compliance with International Humanitarian Law Marco Sassòli * Professor and Director, Department of International Law and international organization, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Associate Professor, University Laval, Canada and University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada Marco.Sassoli@unige.ch Abstract Most contemporary armed confl icts are not of an international character. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) applicable to these confl icts is equally binding on non-State armed groups as it is on States. Th e legal mechanisms for its implementation are, however, still mainly geared toward States. Th e author considers that the perspective of such groups and the diffi culties for them in applying

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Journal of International Humanitarian Legal StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: ARMED GROUPS; COMMITMENT; MONITORING; INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW; NON-INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICT; IMPLEMENTATION

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