International law and armed conflict in dark times: A call for engagement

This Opinion Note highlights the international humanitarian law (IHL) provisions mandating dissemination of the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols to the civilian population. In referencing three dilemmas concerning contemporary challenges to international law in armed conflict and how each of those dilemmas may result in a "breaking point" or a "turning point", the author argues that it is vitally important not only for armed forces but also for the general public to learn – and actively engage with – IHL both during war and in (relative) peacetime.

About the author

Naz K. Modirzadeh
Director of the Harvard Law School (HLS) Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Naz Modirzadeh is the Director of the Harvard Law School (HLS) Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. She was appointed Lecturer on Law at HLS for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2016 terms.

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