Timelines, borderlines and conflicts: The historical evolution of the legal divide between international and non-international armed conflicts
31-03-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 873, by Rogier Bartels
The legal divide between international and non-international armed conflicts still exists, despite calls for its removal and the confusion created by 'transnational' conflicts involving non-state entities. This article explains the divide historically, discusses its continued relevance, and examines how certain situations could be classified in the existing typology.