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The Right to Life in Armed Conflict$
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Ian Park

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198821380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198821380.001.0001

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The Right to Life of Armed Forces Personnel during Armed Conflict

The Right to Life of Armed Forces Personnel during Armed Conflict

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The Right to Life in Armed Conflict

Ian Park

Oxford University Press

The application of the right to life to military personnel has proved to be a controversial topic and has generated emotive litigation. Some would take the view that willingly accepting the possibility of death during armed conflict is an inherent part of serving in the armed forces. Others would contend that, while this may be true, States nonetheless have an obligation to properly train and equip their armed forces. This chapter reviews the litigation in this area and offers a view on when a state has right to life obligations in respect of its armed forces and what these obligations amount to.

Keywords:   ECHR, UK armed forces personnel, right to life, armed conflict

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