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Advisory service on international humanitarian law

 Promoting and implementing international humanitarian law is primarily the responsibility of States. The 1949 Geneva Conventions in particular, and their subsequent Additional Protocols, make this abundantly clear. The ICRC has always pressed for effective implementation and an Advisory Service on IHL exists to assist States to fulfil their obligations. Read full overview


  • The ICRC's Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law: the challenge of national implementation

    Implementation is the major challenge facing international humanitarian law today. The problem of translating States' legal obligations into action is common to all areas of international law. There is however a particularly acute contrast between humanitarian law's highly developed rules, many of which enjoy nearly universal acceptance, and the repeated violations of those rules in conflicts around the world.

    30-06-1996 | International Review of the Red Cross | Paul Berman

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