The International Committee of the Red Cross and customary international humanitarian law
Humanizing the laws of war : the Red Cross and the development of international humanitarian law
Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Part I of this chapter looks at some of the historical background to the ICRC's reliance on customary international humanitarian law. Part II explains the specific mandate given to the ICRC to carry out a comprehensive assessment of customary humanitarian law. Part III discusses the main functions custom can play and gives some examples of the contemporary relevance of customary humanitarian law. Part IV addresses the impact of the ICRC study on recent references to customary humanitarian law. Finally, part V focuses on reactions to the methodology used by the study.