International Humanitarian Law Resources

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January 4, 2013

International humanitarian law (IHL) is a set of rules established to limit the effects of armed conflict on people, culture and property at times of armed conflict.  It protects persons who do not, or no longer, participate in the fighting, and sets limits as to how warfare is to be conducted. It is also commonly known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict.

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Treaties: Documents and Tools

Much of international humanitarian law is encapsulated in the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols, which seek to protect victims of war. IHL also covers the regulation of the use of force and the conduct of states and individuals in warfare.

International Customary Law

National law

International courts and Tribunal Cases


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