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Jus in bello - Jus ad bellum

International humanitarian law, or jus in bello, is the law that governs the way in which warfare is conducted. IHL is purely humanitarian, seeking to limit the suffering caused. It is independent from questions about the justification or reasons for war, or its prevention, covered by jus ad bellum. Read full overview

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  • Jus ad bellum, jus in bello and non-international armed conflicts

    Is it possible to apply all or part of the laws and customs of war in the event of civil war, leaving aside the question as to which of the warring parties was responsible for sparking off the struggle? That is the question to which this article seeks to offer a reply.

    06-11-2006 | Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law

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