Military members claiming self-defence during armed conflict : often misguided and unhelpful
Ian Henderson and Bryan Cavanagh
Accountability for violations of international humanitarian law : essays in honour of Tim McCormack
New York ; London : Routledge, 2016
p. 73-94 : tabl.
This chapter examines the relationship between the criminal law concept of individual self-defence and the law of armed conflict. By limiting itself to use of force to protect individuals against bodily harm, the chapter looks at the questions of how and whether the international law relating to the conduct of hostilities in armed conflict, particularly targeting law, is affected by the "defence" of self-defence under both domestic and international criminal law. Ian Henderson and Bryan Cavangh argue that the law of armed conflict is most suited to the use of force on the battlefield and that the law of self-defence is best left for non-combat operations.