"The Law": updated introductory texts and users’ survey

The Law” section of “How does Law Protect in War?” contains a detailed presentation of the major features of IHL. The salient aspects of each of the 14 chapters highlighted are outlined in short introductory texts, followed by references to articles from the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and to the rules set out in the ICRC's study, Customary International Humanitarian Law. These are supplemented by bibliographical references for those who wish to delve deeper into the subject matter.
Each topic offers direct links to pertinent cases.

As part of the constant updating and improvement of this platform, the authors are considering updating the introductory texts contained in the “The Law” (i.e. the short substantive texts presented at the beginning of each chapter as well as under several sub-titles). If it is considered useful, such revision would include not only an update of existing introductory texts when needed, but also drafting new introductory texts when none are presented. For the time being, we updated introductory texts for the chapters on "Wounded, sick and shipwrecked" and on "Criminal repression":

  • The introductory texts on "Wounded, sick and shipwrecked" provide more details on religious and medical personnel as well as on the protection of medical transport, units and material.
  • The introductory texts on "Criminal repression" now offer more detailed explanations on the defences that are available to a person accused of war crimes. It also provides some additional insights on the international criminal courts.

In order to determine whether this revision process is useful for the users, it is crucial that we collect as many answers as possible, and as honest an answer as possible. We therefore kindly ask you to take a few minutes to answer the following survey (not more than 3 minutes). Thank you for your support!

Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Z3MT9F