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Traditions of WarOccupation, Resistance and The Law$
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Karma Nabulsi

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294077.001.0001

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The Modern Laws of War from 1874 to 1949

The Modern Laws of War from 1874 to 1949

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(p.4) 1 The Modern Laws of War from 1874 to 1949
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Traditions of War
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Karma Nabulsi (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294077.003.0002

This is the first of three chapters that set out the differing contexts through which the dilemma in the laws of war over the distinction between lawful and unlawful combatants can be viewed: political and diplomatic (this chapter), social (Chapter 2) and intellectual (Chapter 3). The narrative begins by summarizing the diplomatic history of the conferences at Brussels in 1874, at the Hague in 1899 and 1907, and at Geneva in 1949. While the negotiations of the laws of war proved successful in many respects, they consistently failed to agree on a common legal understanding of a lawful combatant.

Keywords:   Brussels Conference, diplomatic history, Geneva Peace Conferences, Hague Peace Conferences, history, lawful combatants, laws of war, legal controversy, unlawful combatants, wars

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