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Implementation Of International Humanitarian Law And The Role Of The International Committee Of The Red Cross

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Following some general remarks on international humanitarian law, this chapter addresses the main mechanisms for the implementation of that law. It then examines the specific role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the guardian of humanitarian law, highlighting the ICRC's bases for action and its legal status. Certain trends in today's conflicts are also discussed, and the question as to whether existing law still meets the needs of modern warfare is touched upon. Various recommendations aimed at ensuring greater compliance with humanitarian law serve as a conclusion. The chapter focuses on the most important implementation mechanisms provided for by humanitarian law, drawing a distinction between duties that exist in peacetime and others that arise during armed conflict. It explains the specific role played by the ICRC as an implementation mechanism.

Keywords: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); international humanitarian law; law implementation mechanism; modern warfare



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