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International Humanitarian Law Research: Getting Started

What is International Humanitarian Law

"International humanitarian law (IHL) is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. International humanitarian law is also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict." (ICRC)

Harvard University's International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative, IHL Primer
International Institute of IHL and Human Rights Law, Origins of IHL

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Research Guides

Start here for an overview of important resources in Human Rights law. Research guides are useful in starting research because they identify and describe important primary and secondary authority and indicate useful research strategies and tips. 

Customary International Humanitarian Law

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