Under Siege: International Humanitarian Law and Security Council Practice Concerning Urban Siege Operations
26 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2014 Last revised: 11 Oct 2014
Date Written: May 27, 2014
This paper demonstrates that while siege operations, as traditionally practiced, are not technically prohibited, they are now significantly limited by IHL in both international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict, and that international political opinion seems to have increasingly little patience, at least in connection to some contexts, for the human suffering and deprivation involved in urban sieges.
Keywords: Siege, Law of War, International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict, jus in bello
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