Framework of Application

How to Apply the Law of Armed Conflict

  1. Is there an armed conflict?
    1. Yes = LOAC applies
    2. No = LOAC does not apply, domestic or other International Law governs
  2. What type of conflict is it?
    1. IAC  – [Conflict between States + the Intervention of Armed Forces]
    2. NIAC – [Armed conflict not of an International Nature]
  3. Which tenets of the Law apply?
    1. IAC – All Geneva + Customary IL
    2. NIAC – LOAC main principles (Customary IL) + the humane treatment requirement + care for sick and wounded
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