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The Role of International Courts and Tribunals in Relation to Armed Conflict

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International courts and tribunals have an important role to play in relation to the prevention of armed conflict. This chapter focuses on an area of activity in international law through which a contribution can be made to the prevention and reduction of international armed conflict: States' submission of their legal disputes to international courts and tribunals. It demonstrates that international adjudicatory bodies are increasingly playing a significant role in relation to armed conflict. Particularly challenging questions arise in connection with international judicial bodies' powers to order provisional measures, and the chapter seeks to make a contribution to the hard question of whether or not international courts and tribunals have the legal authority to make interim orders for the express purpose of protecting lives.

Keywords: armed conflict; International courts; international judicial bodies; international law; tribunals



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