The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force
Geoffrey S. Corn
South Texas College of Law
Laurie R. Blank
Emory University School of Law
December 3, 2012
National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymaker (ABA 2012)
Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-232
This chapter provides an introduction to the two main bodies of law governing the use of force: jus ad bellum, which governs when states can use force; and jus in bello (or the law of armed conflict), which governs the conduct of hostilities and the protection of persons during armed conflict.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, Geneva Conventions, United Nations charter, self-defense, distinction, proportionality
Date posted: December 5, 2012 ; Last revised: January 17, 2013
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