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International humanitarian law and bombing campaigns: legitimate military objectives and excessive collateral damage

Byron, Christine 2011. International humanitarian law and bombing campaigns: legitimate military objectives and excessive collateral damage. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 13 , pp. 175-211. 10.1007/978-90-6704-811-8_5

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Abstract

This article focuses on the law which applies during armed conflicts to aerial bombardments or missiles launched from warships. In particular, the principles of distinction and proportionality are examined and the contribution of international courts and tribunals to the law in this area is considered. Issues raised by recent bombing campaigns, such as the bombing of electricity grids and television studios, are also discussed. The author concludes that the lessons of previous conflicts must be learned in order to reduce civilian casualties, but that war is destructive and closer adherence to international humanitarian law can not remove civilian casualties altogether.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Armed conflicts; Bombing; Distinction; Proportionality; Collateral damage; ICTY; ICC
Additional Information: This article is based on a much updated version of a paper originally given at the Oslo University/Norwegian Red Cross Conference on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law on 5 May 2003.
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1389-1359
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/15115

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