Status of Individuals and the Regulation of Force

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

Status of Individuals and the Regulation of Force

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This chapter delves into the content of the rules applicable to extraterritorial armed conflicts against non-state actors. Detailed attention is given to the status of individuals under international humanitarian law, and whether members of armed groups should be considered as civilians or combatants. This includes examination of the notions of direct participation in hostilities and unlawful combatants. Following this, the chapter examines challenges in the humanitarian law rules regulating force against non-state actors, in the context of both large scale and small scale operations.

Keywords: combatants; civilians; direct participation; unlawful combatant; armed group; proportionality; human shields; covert operations

Chapter.  15686 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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