The Geneva Conventions and public international law : British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Conference commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, London, 9 July 2009 / address by Theodor Meron
With sixty years of hindsight, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on the trajectory of international humanitarian law (IHL) as shaped by the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The near universal acceptance of the Conventions and their secure integration into the international system can sometimes lead us to underestimate the significance of their impact. It is this transformative impact on public international law which will be the focus of this note.
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