Protection of the environment during armed conflict
Routledge handbook of international environmental law
London ; New York : Routledge, 2013
One of the concerns of international humanitarian law is lack of enforcement of customary and treaty rules on protection of the environment during armed conflict. Environmental degradation may be a priority issue for the international community but the same cannot be said for addressing environmental damage during wars. This chapter assesses the effectiveness of treaty and customary international law rules with respect to the environment and armed conflict. It argues that investigation of the conflict in Kosovo illustrates the weakness of the treaty regime. This chapter argues that it is customary humanitarian law which offers hope for environmental protection in armed conflict.
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