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6 The Interpretation of the Reference to Medical Ethics and Generally Accepted Medical Standards pursuant to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

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Physicians are given the task to provide medical care to the victims of armed conflicts. The boundaries of medical treatment are to be found in the 'generally accepted medical standards' and 'medical ethics' that physicians should adhere to. Through this reference, international humanitarian law is opened to extra-legal ethical principles and standards beyond the laws of armed conflict. To reach a comprehensive understanding of the system of medical care in armed conflicts, it is necessary to develop an understanding of these two references. They are essential to the relevant articles and thus to the protection of those receiving medical care. An interpretation in accordance with the rules of interpretation in articles of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) contributes to understanding the exigencies of medical care in armed conflict and especially the exact rights and duties of physicians in armed conflict.

Keywords: generally accepted medical standards; International humanitarian law; laws of armed conflict; medical ethics; VCLT

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