Author: Eric Pomès
Institution: Catholic University of the Vendée – ICES (France)
Year of publication: 2017
Source: Show
Pages: 205-223
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017213
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017213.pdf

In recent years, armed conflicts have changed in nature (civil war, ‘terrorism’) and the means used are increasingly technological (robotisation, cyberwar). Faced with these developments, some would claim International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is outdated. While these technological innovations present new challenges in the application of IHL, it still constitutes a relevant legal framework for armed conflicts and the conduct of hostilities. Indeed, the flexibility of IHL allows it to adapt to contemporary conflicts. Therefore, this shows that the statements about its obsolescence are primarily political in nature.

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