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Legality of Attacks Against Human Shields in Armed Conflict

Hovsepyan, Eduard; (2017) Legality of Attacks Against Human Shields in Armed Conflict. UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , 6 (1) , Article 7. 10.14324/111.2052-1871.083. Green open access

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Abstract

The numerous examples of the use of human shields in armed conflicts display the contemporaneity of the problem discussed in this article and the need for a recipe to effectively combat the continuing commission of this war crime. In spite of the fact that an absolute prohibition on the use of human shields in international armed conflicts exists, as enshrined in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocol I, consequences of unlawful resort to human shields remain inconsistent. Thus, the present article will determine when and under what circumstances attacks carried out against human shields are lawful, and which principles of international humanitarian law must be taken into account by the attacking party.

Type: Article
Title: Legality of Attacks Against Human Shields in Armed Conflict
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2052-1871.083
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1553304
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