Return of the Total War – Elimination of Targets in Non-international Armed Conflicts
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Publication date: 2017-06-30
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2017;53(2):21-33
Recent tendencies in the interpretation of International Humanitarian Law applied in non-international armed conflicts show that we are witnessing a return to the concept of a total war, according to which attacking any person and any object that supports the war effort of an enemy is legally justified. The article first discusses the problem of classification of armed conflicts, then it addresses the problem of human targets and subsequently of object targets. In conclusion, apart from a summary of argumentation, there are suggestions of changes in the law of targeting in order to guarantee effective protection of civilian population.
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