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Types of Conflict and Rules of Behaviour

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This chapter details provisions of international humanitarian law. Given that the purposes of international humanitarian law are to regulate the conduct of hostilities and to protect victims of armed conflicts, and that the bulk of its provisions relate to international armed conflicts, this law is primarily the concern of the military. The question of combatant and noncombatant status only arises in the circumstances of international armed conflict, and the conflicts to which this term applies are set out in the 1949 Geneva Conventions and 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Conventions. Terrorism is a form of conflict, a strategy or tactic adopted to achieve various ends. These include spreading fear among civilian populations, de-stabilising political institutions, securing publicity for a cause, and provoking state authorities to react in ways that serve the ends of the terrorists.

Keywords: 1949 Geneva Conventions; behaviour rules; internal disturbances; internal tensions; international armed conflict; international humanitarian law; non-international armed conflict; terrorism



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