The impact of military disciplinary sanctions on compliance with international humanitarian law

This article assesses the impact of disciplinary military sanctions on respect for international humanitarian law. Whereas the armed forces rely on a strong principle of obedience, respect for international humanitarian law depends essentially on the superior officer whose responsibility is subject to sanctions imposed by international criminal judges within a judicial system which aims to make sanctions an effective means of ensuring respect for international humanitarian law.

About the author

Céline Renaut
Legal adviser

Legal adviser to the French ministry of defence and member of the Centre de recherches et d’études sur les droits de l’Homme et le droit humanitaire (CREDHO).