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Ceasefires and the end of the application of IHL in non-international armed conflicts

Last week, the UN special representative to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, attempted to broker a ceasefire for – at least – the duration of the Eid Al-Adha holiday. Although both sides, the Syrian government and the opposition, reportedly agreed to a cease-fire, the fighting did not stop and there were daily reports of attacks from both sides (see, …

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63 year anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

Sunday 12 August, celebrations of “International Humanitarian Law Day” took place. This date was also used to draw attention to a humanitarian cause. On 12 August 1949, the main treaties of international humanitarian law (IHL), the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, were concluded. Since the recent ratification by South-Sudan these treaties are – once again …

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The organisational requirement for the threshold of non-international armed conflict applied to the Syrian opposition

In my first contribution to this blog, I will follow up on Katharine’s post below on religion as a source of rules in the Syrian conflict. She discussed an interesting news article in the Guardian that tells how many young fighters in Syria have been motivated to join brigades associated with Al-Qaida due to the disorganisation …

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