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Parallel Application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law: An Examination of the Debate

Israel Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 648-660, 2007

Hebrew University International Law Research Paper No. 07-22

14 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2007 Last revised: 31 Dec 2007

Noam Lubell

University of Essex - School of Law

Abstract

This article provides a critical examination of the debate over the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law. On the question surrounding the very fact of co-application, it appears that the dominant view supports the co-applicability of the two legal regimes. Opinion is however far from settled on the scope of application of international human rights law, especially insofar as it relates to the issue of extra-territorial applicability. The approach taken in the event of co-applying the two frameworks to specific circumstances, and whether and how one is to use the doctrine of lex specialis, reveals further questions in need of coherent answers. Finally, there remain particular areas in which the coapplication faces challenges that must be surmounted, if it is to prove a useful approach. These include the issues of the so-called war on terror, the distinction between the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello, non-international armed conflicts, and more. Whilst the co-application of the two regimes is now almost undisputed, it appears therefore that obstacles remain that must be dealt with in order for the relationship of the regimes to be of a fully harmonious nature.

Keywords: international humanitarin law, international human rights, debate, extra territorial, lex specialis, war on terror

Suggested Citation

Lubell, Noam, Parallel Application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law: An Examination of the Debate. Israel Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 648-660, 2007; Hebrew University International Law Research Paper No. 07-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1078815

Noam Lubell (Contact Author)

University of Essex - School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

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