The Oxford guide to international humanitarian law
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020
This chapter provides an introduction to the law of occupation. It opens with a short discussion of the legal origin, or sources, of this legal framework. While relevant rules mainly (p. 300) fall under international humanitarian law (IHL), it is recognized today that human rights law is also applicable during occupation. This contribution also addresses the scope of the law of occupation. It explains the meaning of occupation, as it is defined in international law, and highlights a number of questions that are currently being debated. Finally, the bulk of this chapter deals with the substance of the law of occupation. An overview of the main principles and rules is presented.