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The Protection of Civilian Educational Institutions During the Active Hostilities of International Armed Conflict in International Humanitarian Law

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This chapter explores the possibilities presently available for the protection of civilian educational institutions in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during the hostilities of international armed conflict. It examines protecting narrow and specific types of schools or places of instruction, for instance those providing education in the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), ordinary civilian schools and universities. The chapter also deals with the wider meaning of educational institutional facilities within cultural property protections or institutions containing that property which provides educational services such as museums or libraries. The chapter considers and identifies the means and mechanisms available to afford international legal protection to the buildings or facilities of the educational institution, rather than addressing the protections or available to persons benefiting from education, the continuance of education in wartime, or the education itself and its contents.

Keywords: civilian educational institutions; cultural property protections; hostilities; international armed conflict; International Humanitarian Law (IHL); international legal protection; Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC); wartime



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