The status of the Libyan rebels under the laws of war : a litmus test for the lawfulness of NATO's Libyan engagement under U.N. resolution 1973
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Phoenix law review, Vol. 6, issue 1, 2012, p. 93-116
The article examines the Libyan uprising and the status designation of the Libyan Rebels, concluding that NATO did not violate S/RES/1973 in designating the conflict as civilian versus non-civilian. The article proceeds on the assumption that the Security Council used the term in accordance with International Humanitarian Law (“IHL”) in designating the Libyan Rebels as civilians. The article discusses how S/RES/1973 could have been framed in order to limit the status of civilians to persons not taking a direct part in hostilities.
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