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War, International Law of
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Given the general prohibition of the use of violence in article 2 of the United Nations charter, the term international law of war covers only the body of international regulations that impose limitations on combat operations on both parties (including in some cases the UN itself) in an armed conflict that has already broken out. The modern law of war includes ethico-legal principles that were normative for ius in bello in the context of theories of a just war and have the force of customary law. Today, however, the international law of war is largely gover…

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Reuter, Hans-Richard, “War, International Law of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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