Fundamental principles of IHL

International humanitarian law is the branch of international law that seeks to impose limits on the destruction and suffering caused by armed conflict. It establishes, in the words of Art. 22 of the Hague Regulations, that “the right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited.” A group of general and fundamental principles are central in pursuing this aim to limit the effects of armed conflicts:

See Humanity; Military Necessity; Martens ClauseProportionalityDistinctionSuperfluous injury or unnecessary suffering;





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