Force Against Non-State Actors as Armed Conflict

Noam Lubell

in Extraterritorial Use of Force Against Non-State Actors

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584840
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594540 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Force Against Non-State Actors as Armed Conflict

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This chapter begins the examination of whether international humanitarian law is an appropriate legal framework that can be applied to extraterritorial force against non-state actors. This includes both the possibilities of such measures being categorised as international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict. The notion of non-international conflicts as including extra-territorial circumstances is considered, as are the criteria for determination of such conflicts, including threshold of violence and identification of the parties to the conflict.

Keywords: armed conflict; armed attack; armed group; humanitarian law; piracy; al-Qaida; Hezbollah

Chapter.  14096 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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