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The Netherlands and International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts

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This chapter describes some aspects of the attitude taken by the Netherlands in the recent past with respect to the development of international humanitarian law applicable in armed conflicts. More recent developments have shown even more clearly that the distinction between the law relating to the protection of victims of the armed conflict (traditionally styled the "law of Geneva") and the law governing the conduct of hostilities (or "law of The Hague"), although a useful tool in describing and analyzing the law of armed conflict, signifies neither a watertight nor a rigid division. Both the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and, in their wake, Protocols I and II of 1977 contain Articles on dissemination. A different picture presents itself as regards the introduction of Geneva law principles into the "programmes of civilian instruction".

Keywords: armed conflicts; dissemination; Geneva law; Hague conventions; international humanitarian law; Netherlands



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