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Combatants Substance or Semantics?

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In this chapter, the author reviews the material used at the British Joint Services Command and Staff College in their Foundation Studies Phase. In that phase, "International Law and Ethics" were taught. The reading listed consisted of a paper by Christopher Greenwood, a chapter from a book by Peter Rowe and a chapter from a book by Gordon Graham. Greenwood went on to deal with the definition of combatants under the treaty law, ranging from the Hague Regulations of 1907, through the Third Geneva Convention to the new rules introduced by Additional Protocol I. He clearly accepted that the term "combatant" is a technical term under international humanitarian law. Additional Protocol I divided people into two categories: combatants and civilians. The section referred to in Article 51(3) is Section I of Part IV which deals with the "General Protection Against Effects of Hostilities" of the civilian population.

Keywords: Additional Protocol I; Christopher Greenwood; civilian population; Gordon Graham; Hague Regulations; international ethics; international law; Peter Rowe; treaty law



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