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Hot Topics: International humanitarian law

IHL is the branch of international law that deals with armed conflict. It seeks to place limitation on the damaging effects of armed conflict especially on the vulnerable and to impose restrictions on the means and methods of warfare that are permissible.

About the Author

Dr Emily Crawford is a post-doctoral fellow and associate at the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL). Emily has taught international law and international humanitarian law, and has delivered lectures both locally and overseas on international humanitarian law issues, including the training of military personnel on behalf of the Red Cross in Australia. She is a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Non-State Actors, as well as the NSW Red Cross IHL Committee.

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Chapter eleven

Implementation and enforcement of IHL

Measures in times of peace - measures in times of war - case studies: Charles Taylor and Radovan Karadzic.


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