The relationship between international environmental law and international humanitarian law, like relationships between many other subsystems of contemporary internationallaw, has not yet been articulated. The problem of environmental damage in international armed conflict lies at the intersection of these two branches and thus provides an ideal opportunity to investigate this relationship. Rather than simply evaluating the applicable internationallaw rules in their context, we break them into elements that we separately assess from both (international) environmental law and international humanitarian/international criminallaw perspectives. By doing so, we identify how internationallaw rules for cross-sectoral problems may appropriately combine the existing expertise and institutional strengths of simultaneously applicable branches of internationallaw, and also discover how an evaluation of the ultimate appropriateness of the cross-sectoral rules adopted may be substantially affected by the different frames of reference that are used by those working within the different fields.
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