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Bombardment: from “Brussels 1874” to “Sarajevo 2003”

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This chapter examines bombardment as a method of warfare. It describes the rules relating to bombardment as they have developed in the framework of jus in bello, the body of law that in the past was styled the law of war and that today, in softer tones, is usually referred to as the international humanitarian law of armed conflict. The chapter first examines "Brussels 1874", as the first intergovernmental conference to broach the matter of bombardment. It explores "Sarajevo 2003", as the first occasion for an international criminal tribunal to hold a specific shelling and sniping campaign against the light of international humanitarian law and, indeed, condemn it as a crime of terror. Brussels 1874 and The Hague 1899 preciously paid attention to the situation of the civilian population in a defended place.

Keywords: aerial bombardment; armed conflict; Brussels 1874; civilian population; Hague 1899; international humanitarian law; Sarajevo 2003



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