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San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994
SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF THE LAW
: SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF THE LAW
1. The parties to an armed conflict at sea are bound by the principles and rules of international humanitarian law from the moment armed force is used.
2. In cases not covered by this document or by international agreements, civilians and combatants remain under the protection and authority of the principles of international law derived from established custom, from the principles of humanity and from the dictates of the public conscience.