International humanitarian law, new forms of armed violence and the use of force
Robert James McLaughlin
Global violence : consequences and responses
Milano : Franco Angeli : International Institute of Humanitarian Law, 2011
IHL is manifesting in new ways within the context of use of force in relation to non-international armed conflict. This contribution centres upon a recent amendment to the 198 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to incorporate a new provision within article 8 which makes it an offence to employ in non-international armed conflicts bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body. What was old and settled in IHL is new and novel again. This example clearly illustrates the complexities of the relationship between IHL and human rights law. This is particularly evident in the fact that the prohibition exists in one context, but does not apply in the other.
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