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The changing relationship between International Criminal law, human rights law and humanitarian law

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As of today, international criminal law, human rights law and international humanitarian law are perceived to be linked one to another. Nobody would deny today their close relationship or advocate the separate existence of these three chapters of international law. International humanitarian law deals with victims of armed conflict. In the period between the two World Wars international humanitarian law progressed in fields like the prohibition of particularly cruel weapons. The end of the 2nd World War brought about the beginning of the human rights era, which still characterizes our present time. The situation changed with the International Conference on Human Rights, convened by the United Nations in Teheran in 1968, a few months after the Six Days War in the Middle East had awakened international concern for armed conflict. International criminal law, human rights law and international humanitarian law have different origins.

Keywords: armed conflict; human rights law; international criminal law; international humanitarian law; United Nations; World Wars



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