The Status of Non-State Armed Groups in Armed Conflicts

Journal of Law and Society Law College Vol. XLIX, No. 73 University of Peshawar July 2018

12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019

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Dr. Asif Khan

Bahria University Islamabad; University of Malakand; University ofSalzburg

Pervaiz Khan

Bahria University

Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is historically directed towards regulation of armed conflicts by the States. As custodians and primary actors of international law the States decide the rules and laws which will be followed by them in practise. The rules agreed upon by the states are however enforceable upon those entities which come under the jurisdiction of that state. The status of Non State Armed Groups (NSAGs) during a conflict is also regulated by the law which has been agreed upon by the States. The law regulating the armed non-state actors is not extensive and mostly covered by the laws relevant to the NIAC. Threshold of the internal disturbances converting into an armed conflict is narrow. Hence IHL is only applicable when an armed conflict is triggered. The article looks into the complications of application of the IHL with reference to NSAGs.

Keywords: International Humanitarian Law, Non State Armed Groups, IHL, NSAGs

Suggested Citation

Khan, Asif and Khan, Pervaiz, The Status of Non-State Armed Groups in Armed Conflicts (July 2018). Journal of Law and Society Law College Vol. XLIX, No. 73 University of Peshawar July 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3458803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3458803

Asif Khan (Contact Author)

Bahria University Islamabad ( email )

Islamabad
Pakistan

University of Malakand ( email )

Chakdara Dir (lower)
N.W.F.P 42000
Pakistan

University ofSalzburg ( email )

Pervaiz Khan

Bahria University ( email )

44000 Islamabad
Pakistan

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