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The Law Of Armed Conflict Vis-À-Vis Environment

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Armed conflict and wars endanger and damage the environment in ways such as long-lasting chemical pollution on land; maritime and atmospheric pollution; despoliation of land by mines and other dangerous objects; and threats to water supplies and other necessities of life. Apart from general law of war principles, there are two major groups of international conventions which protect the environment during wartime: Geneva Conventions and Hague Conventions. Armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the more recent Israel- Lebanon conflict brought to the fore much more information on damage to the environment caused by the armed aggression of one country against another.

Keywords: armed conflict; Geneva Conventions; Hague Conventions; international law; law of war



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