The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force
National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymaker (ABA 2012)
29 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012 Last revised: 17 Jan 2013
Date Written: December 3, 2012
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.
Keywords: law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, Geneva Conventions, United Nations charter, self-defense, distinction, proportionality
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