The ICRC interpretive guidance on the notion of direct participation in hostilities under international humanitarian law
Ryan Goodman... [et al.]
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Journal of international law and politics, Vol. 42, no. 3, 2010, p. 637-916
In 2009, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued its Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law (“Interpretive Guidance”).The Interpretive Guidance will generate discussions of great consequence for ongoing and future wars. This special issue gathers the contributions to a Forum that convened leading IHL and military experts who were directly involved in the expert meetings over the past six years. The authors include senior-level legal advisors to the militaries of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each expert provides a thorough description and critical analysis of a different component of the Interpretive Guidance. Dr. Nils Melzer, Legal Adviser at the ICRC and author of the Interpretive Guidance, provides a detailed response to these criticisms.