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The Continuing Role of Custom in the Formation of International Humanitarian Law*

Theodor Meron

in War Crimes Law Comes of Age

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268567.003.0014
The Continuing Role of Custom in the Formation of International Humanitarian Law*

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Two recent events demonstrate the renewed vitality of customary law in the development of the law of war (international humanitarian law). First, the Tadíc decision of the Appeals Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Former Yugoslavia since 1991; and, second, the decision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to embark on a study of customary international law.

Keywords: international law; customary law; law of war

Chapter.  6941 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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