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Humanitarian Law And The Law Of War On Land

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The first attempt to lay down specific humanitarian rules to be applicable in time of war was the so-called "Lieber Code", drafted by Professor Francis Lieber. Evidence of the modern effort to make land warfare more humane is to be found in a 1968 Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It has long been appreciated that international humanitarian law applicable in land warfare was sadly deficient in restrictions when it came to bacteriological and toxin weapons, chemical weapons, and certain types of conventional weapons. It may well be said that each and every part of the law of war on land is humanitarian in nature. What appears above is that portion of the law of war on land which states adopted not solely to regulate warfare on land but to make it less horrendous for the average person, military or civilian.

Keywords: bacteriological weapon; chemical weapons; conventional weapons; General Assembly of the United Nations; international humanitarian law; land warfare; Lieber code



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