The Law and Policy Implications of 'Baited Ambushes' Utilizing Enemy Dead and Wounded

4 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2015  

Chris Jenks

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

When a state's armed forces is engaged in hostilities, how long after an engagement or firefight before the international humanitarian law requirement to search for and care for the wounded and find and bury the dead is triggered? This military practitioner's note discusses the legal and policy implications of 'baited ambushes,' the practice of utilizing wounded and dead enemies as the bait for follow on forces, which are then engaged.

Keywords: Baited ambush, Geneva Conventions, wounded, dead, grave breach, Iraq, Afghanistan

Suggested Citation

Jenks, Chris, The Law and Policy Implications of 'Baited Ambushes' Utilizing Enemy Dead and Wounded (June 1, 2010). Army Law, 91, June 2010; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546491

Chris Jenks (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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