The laws of war and traditional cultures : a case study of the Pacific region
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Commonwealth law bulletin, Vol. 34, no. 4, December 2008, p. 833-841
This article reflects upon the process of ascertaining whether there is any traction between modern principles of international humanitarian law (IHL) codified in specific treaties and customary law, and traditional, cultural practices in warfare. Exploring the dangers and benefits of research of this nature, the article highlights some of the findings from a study based in the Pacific region.