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Customary International Humanitarian Law

Volume 1. Rules

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  • Authors:
  • Jean-Marie Henckaerts, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Louise Doswald-Beck, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and University Centre for International Humanitarian Law
  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521005289

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  • In 1995, the International Committee of the Red Cross, along with a range of renowned experts, embarked upon a major international study into current state practice in humanitarian law in order to identify customary law in this area. This book (and its companion, Volume 2: Practice) is the result of that study. Volume 1 is a comprehensive analysis of the customary rules of international humanitarian law applicable in international and non-international armed conflicts.

    • Completely unique publication
    • Summarises practice in the field of international humanitarian law
    • Treatment is comprehensive, the result of an in-depth study
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    • Winner of the Ciardi Prize for an original study dealing with military law or law of war for publications in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish in 2003–2005

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    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521005289
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger
    Foreword Judge Abdul G. Koroma
    Foreword Yves Sandoz
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Principle of Distinction:
    1. Distinction between Civilians and Combatants (Rules 1–6)
    2. Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives (Rules 7–10)
    3. Indiscriminate attacks (Rules 11–13)
    4. Proportionality in attack (Rule 14)
    5. Precautions in attack (Rules 15–21)
    6. Precautions against the effects of attacks (Rules 22–24)
    Part II. Specifically Protected Persons and Objects:
    7. Medical and religious personnel and objects (Rules 25–30)
    8. Humanitarian relief personnel and objects (Rules 31–32)
    9. Personnel and objects Involved in a Peacekeeping Mission (Rule 33)
    10. Journalists (Rule 34)
    11. Protected zones (Rules 35–37)
    12. Cultural property (Rules 38–41)
    13. Works and Installations Containing Dangerous Forces (Rule 42)
    14. The Natural Environment (Rules 43–45)
    Part III. Specific Methods of Warfare:
    15. Denial of quarter (Rules 46–48)
    16. Destruction and seizure of property (Rules 49–52)
    17. Starvation and access to humanitarian relief (Rules 53–56)
    18. Deception (Rules 57–65)
    19. Communication with the enemy (Rules 66–69)
    Part IV. Weapons:
    20. General principles on the use of weapons (Rules 70–71)
    21. Poison (Rule 72)
    22. Nuclear weapons
    23. Biological weapons (Rule 73)
    24. Chemical weapons (Rules 74–76)
    25. Expanding bullets (Rule 77)
    26. Exploding bullets (Rule 78)
    27. Weapons primarily Injuring by Non-detectable Fragments (Rule 79)
    28. Booby-traps (Rule 80)
    29. Landmines (Rules 81–83)
    30. Incendiary weapons (Rules 84–85)
    31. Blinding laser weapons (Rule 86)
    Part V. Treatment of Civilians and Persons Hors de Combat:
    32. Fundamental guarantees (Rules 87–105)
    33. Combatants and prisoner-of-war status (Rules 106–108)
    34. The wounded, sick and shipwrecked (Rules 109–111)
    35. The dead (Rules 112–116)
    36. Missing persons (Rule 117)
    37. Persons Deprived of Their Liberty (Rules 118–128)
    38. Displacement and Displaced Persons (Rules 129–133)
    39. Other Persons afforded specific protection (Rules 134–138)
    Part VI. Implementation:
    40. Compliance with International Humanitarian Law (Rules 139–143)
    41. Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law (Rules 144–148)
    42. Responsibility and reparation (Rules 149–150)
    43. Individual responsibility (Rules 151–155)
    44. War crimes (Rules 156–161).

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    Jean-Marie Henckaerts, International Committee of the Red Cross
    Jean-Marie Henckaerts is Legal Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva.

    Louise Doswald-Beck, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and University Centre for International Humanitarian Law
    Louise Doswald-Beck is Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva.

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    Carolin Alvermann

    Knut Dörmann

    Baptiste Rolle


    • Winner of the Ciardi Prize for an original study dealing with military law or law of war for publications in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish in 2003–2005

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