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The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law$
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Katharine Fortin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808381.001.0001

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The Law on Belligerency and Insurgency, and International Legal Personality

The Law on Belligerency and Insurgency, and International Legal Personality

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(p.90) 4 The Law on Belligerency and Insurgency, and International Legal Personality
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The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law
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Katharine Fortin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808381.003.0004

This chapter provides a historical account of the manner in which the legal personality of armed groups was conceived and treated prior to the drafting of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Conducting a detailed review of the law of belligerency and the legal framework of insurgency, the chapter demonstrates the different ways in which armed groups could acquire obligations under international law under these frameworks. During the course of this examination, the chapter pays particular attention to the relevance of territory, special agreements, State consent, and the armed group’s functionality. It concludes by analysing its findings against the evaluative framework set out in Chapter 3.

Keywords:   belligerency, insurgency, international legal personality, armed groups, State consent, functionality, control of territory, special agreements

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