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The Evolution of Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century and the International Legal Response—Towards Convergence

Crawford Emily

in The Treatment of Combatants and Insurgents under the Law of Armed Conflict

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578962
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578962.003.0001
The Evolution of Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century and the International Legal Response—Towards Convergence

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The first chapter of this book examines how the traditional legal distinction between international and non-international armed conflict has become, in practice, increasingly blurred through the last century, to the point where it seems specious to continue to assert the primacy of the distinction. A number of factors, both legal and practical, have contributed to this change in the status quo. The first chapter of this book establishes that the law of armed conflict has converged to the point where there is a substantial body of law equally applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts.

Keywords: military technology; guerrilla warfare; decolonisation; non-international armed conflict; customary law

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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