The general principal is that if a particular situation can no longer be qualified as an IAC, a NIAC, or an occupation, even if it was so qualified at a particular point in the past, the application of IHL will end. In the absence of any specific guidance to the contrary, this general principle makes perfect sense in the factual, objective Geneva threshold framework. For IHL to apply, its thresholds of application it must continue to be satisfied at any given point in time. In order to elaborate on this general principle further, we must, of course, look at the constitutive elements of each threshold in the context of those particular scenarios in which these elements might be extinguished. We must then establish whether a departure from the general rule is warranted. In doing so, we will observe certain terminating processes and events, which end the application of IHL altogether, and certain transformative processes and events, which end the application of one IHL sub-regime but engage another.
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