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Marco Sassòli - International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law
27 Sep 2013 -  Mr. Marco Sassòli, Professor of International Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland

"International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law"
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) applies to armed conflicts; International Human Rights law (IHRL) was made for peacetime, but also applies in times of armed conflict. This lesson explores the traditional differences and growing convergence between these two branches of international law. On most issues covered by both branches they lead to the same result, with one providing more details. The results differ and the relationship is controversial, mainly in armed conflicts not of an international character, on two crucial questions: under what circumstances a person may be killed and for what reasons and under what procedure a person may be detained.
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