Regulating the conduct of urban warfare: lessons from contemporary asymmetric armed conflicts
30-06-2010 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 878, by Michael John-Hopkins
A survey of contemporary armed conflicts indicates that major military powers are increasingly facing militarily weaker adversaries and being drawn into unconventional engagements in cities. It is submitted that higher standards of reasonableness be imposed upon military commanders, and furthermore that civilian populations be spared more effectively from the effects of urban warfare by applying customary law.