Tangible changes have occurred in the tactics now being used by States in waging armed conflicts of an asymmetric nature. Stemming from the Goldstone Report, the pivotal questions posed are: has there occurred a fundamental interpretive change in the applicability of the law of armed conflict to asymmetric urban armed conflict scenarios? Is this a valid assumption? And, if so, have such changes in tactics occurred within the context of the historically accepted norms of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), or do these tactical modifications represent a fundamental shift in the manner in which the customary and codified LOAC is now being both interpreted and applied to these conflicts by the international community?” The focus will be on a very specific type of asymmetric conflict—one involving a State on the one hand and a non-State entity on the other—and, even more specifically, asymmetric armed conflict between a State and a non-State entity in essentially, if not exclusively, an urban environment.
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