Targeting the Sleeping Fighter and Other Hard Legal Issues: A Discussion on the Use of Force in Non-International Armed Conflicts

Monday, February 10, 2014
3:00PM - 4:30PM
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Room 603

Should government forces be obligated to capture a rebel fighter located away from zones of active hostilities, or may they use lethal force as a first resort? Can a soldier automatically fire on a car barrelling through the check-point in a conflict zone, or on fighters who mingle with civilians during a riot? How should government forces respond to criminal gangs that support rebel fighters, or to fighters who are escaping from detention centers? In response to these types of questions that frequently arise in modern warfare, the ICRC convened an expert meeting on the use of force in non-international armed conflict, and published a report summarizing the findings of this meeting in late 2013 . The report highlights challenges militaries face when both human rights law and international humanitarian law may apply, thereby creating situations in which the relevant actors face difficulties identifying and applying the adequate legal framework.



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