Asymmetrical war and the notion of armed conflict – An attempt at a conceptualization

States across the globe are increasingly involved in violent conflicts with non-state groups, both within and across borders. This article seeks to conceptualize the notion of armed conflict, examine the extent to which the existing body of humanitarian law applies to the new asymmetrical conflicts, and analyse the "triggering mechanism" of IHL in these situations.

About the authors

Andreas Paulus

Professor Dr Andreas Paulus is Professor of Public and International Law and Co-director of the Institute of International and European Law at the University of Go«ttingen.

Mindia Vashakmadze
Max Weber Fellow

Dr Mindia Vashakmadze is Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.