Classifying the conflict: A soldier's dilemma

Modern armed forces are employed in a wide array of operations that range from peacetime riot control to outright international armed conflict. This article describes the challenges faced by the military leadership in classifying these various scenarios to determine the applicable international law.

About the author

Andrew Carswell
ICRC Regional Delegate

ICRC Regional Delegate to the Armed and Security Forces of Southern Africa, based in Pretoria.He is a former legal officer and military prosecutor of the Canadian Forces Office of the Judge Advocate General.