Under Siege: International Humanitarian Law and Security Council Practice Concerning Urban Siege Operations

26 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2014 Last revised: 11 Oct 2014

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Sean Watts

Creighton University School of Law

Date Written: May 27, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Watts, Sean, Under Siege: International Humanitarian Law and Security Council Practice Concerning Urban Siege Operations (May 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2479608

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