Droit international général et droit international humanitaire: retour aux sources (General International Law and International Humanitarian Law: Back to the Basics)

PERMANENCE ET MUTATIONS DU DROIT DES CONFLITS ARMES, pp. 13-51, V. Chetail ed., Bruylant, Brussels, 2013.

39 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2013

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Vincent Chetail

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI)

Date Written: December 6, 2013

Abstract

Le présent article propose une étude des sources du droit international humanitaire afin d’évaluer la place et le rôle de cette branche si particulière du droit international public. Il analyse le droit des traités, le droit coutumier et le droit impératif pour mieux comprendre les relations denses et complexes unissant le droit international humanitaire et le droit international général. Ce retour aux sources permet ainsi d’identifier les spécificités du droit international humanitaire mais aussi ses points communs avec les autres branches de droit international applicables aux conflits armés, telles que le droit international des réfugiés et le droit international des droits de l’homme.

This article proposes a comprehensive mapping of the primary sources of international humanitarian law. It analyses the respective role of treaty law, customary law and jus cogens in framing this particular branch of law. This overview highlights the complex and numerous interactions between the law of armed conflict and general international law. It further identifies the specificities of international humanitarian law and its common features with other branches of international law, such as human rights law and refugee law.

Note: Downloadable document is in French.

Keywords: humanitarian law, armed conflict, treaty law, customary law, peremptory law, human rights law, lex specialis, ICRC Study

Suggested Citation

Chetail, Vincent, Droit international général et droit international humanitaire: retour aux sources (General International Law and International Humanitarian Law: Back to the Basics) (December 6, 2013). PERMANENCE ET MUTATIONS DU DROIT DES CONFLITS ARMES, pp. 13-51, V. Chetail ed., Bruylant, Brussels, 2013.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364438

Vincent Chetail (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI) ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

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