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Marco Sassòli on the field of application of International Humanitarian Law
27 Sep 2013 -  Mr. Marco Sassòli, Professor of International Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland

"The field of application of International Humanitarian Law: international and non-international armed conflicts"
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) was born as a law applicable to international armed conflicts. Today an increasing number of its rules apply to armed conflicts not of an international character, which are the most frequent type of armed conflicts. This lesson explores when a situation can be classified as an armed conflict, how international and non-international armed conflicts can be distinguished, the current tendency to apply the same rules to both kinds of armed conflicts and the limits of this approach.