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Introduction to the Law of Warfare

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After the brief expose of the various problems inherent in the notion of armed conflict, this chapter focuses on the concept of warfare, as the type of activity characteristic of armed conflict. Economic warfare is an even wider notion, though narrowly connected with that of industrial warfare. Multiform though the phenomenon of armed conflict may be, it presents certain characteristic features which historically have allowed the development of a specific part of international law especially devoted to it. Traditionally named the law of war, this branch of international law nowadays is usually referred to as the law of armed conflict. The law of armed conflict in its totality covers a wide range of subjects. There are, for one thing, the relations between the Parties to the conflict. The chapter reviews the basic principles on which rest the international humanitarian law of armed conflict and, more specifically, the law of warfare.

Keywords: armed conflict; economic warfare; industrial warfare; international humanitarian law; law of warfare



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