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The Concept Of Security In International Law Relating To Armed Conflicts

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International law regulates the relations between States; to an increasing extent, the relations between States and individuals; and to a still limited and controversial extent, the behavior of individuals, even when it cannot be attributed to a State. It is appropriate to analyze how the concept of security is used in the international law relating to armed conflicts. The United Nations was created as a collective security organization. The organizations first purpose is peace, i.e. to avoid international armed conflicts. The drafters of the UN Charter understood however that to achieve this aim, the absence of war was not sufficient. The treaties of international humanitarian law (IHL) use the term security 40 times. The term is however not defined in the treaties, nor is it defined in the Commentaries published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols.

Keywords: armed conflicts; human security; international humanitarian law (IHL); UN Charter



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